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Former Hoggard hoopster to transfer from UNC-Asheville after freshman year

Former Hoggard High School standout Trae Bryant is looking for a new school to continue his basketball career after announcing his decision to transfer from UNC-Asheville following his freshman season.

Trae Bryant. Photo courtesy- UNC-Asheville Athletics
Trae Bryant. Photo courtesy- UNC-Asheville Athletics

The 2015 Mideastern Conference Player of the Year saw action in 22 of 34 games played for the Bulldogs, averaging 11.1 minutes per game. He was 18-for-60 from the field, 8 of 10 from the free throw line, with eight conversions from beyond the arc.

Bryant logged a career-best 11 points in Asheville’s comeback win at Presbyterian (2/18), with all points coming in the second half. He became a bigger part of the rotation late in the season and provided energy off the bench, especially on the defensive end of the floor.

UNC-Asheville advanced to the NCAA Tournament after clinching the Big South Championship, but dropped a lopsided contest in Brooklyn, New York to the eventual National Champion Villanova Wildcats.

During his first trip to the Big Apple, Bryant went viral on Twitter after using social media to express frustrations with not having Wi-Fi in his hotel for schoolwork, a message that caught the NCAA’s eye, which invoked a response from the association.

Click here for the link to Bryant’s transfer announcement. Read: Nina Mandell’s post from USA Today on Bryant’s March Madness attention.

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