Keith Hornsby transfers to LSU
Keith Hornsby, the son of Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby, is headed to LSU.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore decided to transfer from UNC Asheville after two seasons and a campaign in which he averaged 15 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. He opted to leave shortly after coach Eddie Biedenbach departed UNC Asheville to become an assistant on Buzz Peterson's staff at UNC Wilmington.
Hornsby also considered NC State and Saint Mary's, but Mark Gottfried and the Wolfpack received a commitment from Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey earlier Monday and Hornsby opted to choose the Tigers hours later. He will sit out next season and then have two remaining to play under Johnny Jones at LSU.
"Coach Jones and the other coaches were what sold me," Hornsby told ESPN.com. "He has high expectations of me."
Hornsby was considered a mid-major recruit coming out of high school at Oak Hill Academy -- where he played on the same team as projected lottery pick Ben McLemore. Hornsby averaged just four points in limited minutes as a freshman under Biedenbach before emerging as a go-to guy last season, where he finished second on the Bulldogs in scoring and also shot 38 percent from 3-point range and 92.5 percent from the free throw line.
Hornsby said his father played a key role in his decision and went on his visit to Baton Rouge, along with his mother.
"He felt the same way I did," Keith Hornsby said. "He gave me a lot of great input, but ultimately it was my choice at the end."
Jeff Goodman covers college basketball for ESPN.com.