The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have had their fair share of surprises this offseason. First, legendary head coach Eddie Biedenbach opted for a, sort of, early retirement heading to UNC Wilmington to the be the associate head coach under Buzz Peterson and now the Bulldogs are losing, arguably, their best player.
Rising junior Keith Hornsby (yes, Bruce's son) has decided to leave UNCA. The 6'4 guard was second on the squad in scoring last year averaging 15 points per game and was also one of the nation's best free throw shooters hitting over 92 percent of his shots from the charity stripe.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise because Hornsby was one of the most vocal proponents to elevate Asheville assistant Nick McDevitt to the head coaching job. According to Marty Nicholson of iSportsWeb,UNC Asheville lost their coach earlier this offseason and now the Bulldogs will lose their top returning scorer. Hornsby wanted to shop around as a transfer, while staying semi-committed to the Bulldogs. McDevitt would have none of that though:
"That wouldn’t be in the best interest of Keith, and it wouldn’t be in the best interest of UNC Asheville. He’s a great kid, and we wish him the best."
Hornsby, a Williamsburg, Virginia native, has already visited North Carolina State and has several other suitors lined up. He would be the second Big South player this year heading to a power conference following Longwood big man Michael Kessens who signed with Alabama earlier this month.