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Tate, Mocaby enter Transfer portal

Norse Nation loses three starters in off-season.

March 27, 2020


Colin Johnson

Jalen Tate (11) prepares to be introduced prior to final game of the Horizon League Tournament against UIC. The Norse defeated UIC 71-62 and have now secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Redshirt Junior guard Jalen Tate entered the transfer portal Friday morning. A tweet from basketball analyst Jeff Goodman announced Tate’s departure from the NKU men’s basketball team.

Tate has been an integral part of NKU’s success; stepping up as a leader during the transition of changes in coaching staff. During his time at NKU Tate racked up quite a few honors:

  • Three time All-Defensive Team (’18, ’19, ’20)
  • Horizon League All-Freshman Team (2018)
  • Preseason All-Horizon League Second team (2018)
  • Preseason All-Horizon League first Team (2019)
  • Horizon League All-Tournament Team (2019)
  • Horizon League Player of the Week (March 4, 2019)
  • KEMI Northern Kentucky Basketball Classic All-Tournament Team (2018)
  • Horizon League Third Team
  • 2020 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2020 Horizon League Tournament MVP.

Head Coach Darrin Horn tweeted a statement, “Jalen and I had several lengthy discussions over a period of months about the pros and cons of returning to NKU, utilizing a grad transfer or turning pro upon his graduation this spring. I fully support his decision to chase his dreams. Our staff and entire program wish Jalen and his family nothing but great success moving forward. JT will always be remembered as someone who helped NKU Basketball achieve unprecedented success. 2/2 #NorseUp

With Dantez Walton and Tyler Sharpe graduating NKU now loses three of their 2019-20 starters.


According to Verbal Commits sophomore wing Bryant Mocaby has also entered the transfer portal.

Mocaby played in 19 games this past season, starting in two. He has a career high eight points against Detroit Mercy this season.

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