The Charlotte 49ers received yet another blow. After freshman Darion Clark announced that he would be transferring, sophomore E. Victor Nickerson has also requested his release from the school, according to a tweet from Georgia recruiting analyst Justin Young.
Add that to Clark’s pending departure and the fact that the staff has signed a total of zero players thus far and things look in disarray for the team right now. Don’t forget DeMario Mayfield’s dismissal a few months back. Now, with this latest piece of news, fans are shaking their head and wondering if there’s some deeper issues going on that few people know about.
Nickerson played in 30 games (started 15) and averaged 22.5 minutes a game. The guard/forward did average 5.8 points a game and 2.6 rebounds but did enjoy a few solid games (namely the loss at St. Bonaventure and the contest against Providence, to name a few).
Only two juniors (Pierria Henry and Terrence Williams) and five sophomores (Ivan Benkovic, Willie Clayton, Denzel Ingram, Shawn Lester–who lost a year of eligibility due to his academic issues–redshirt Mike Thorne) will be returning next year, and even if the team signs some transfers, they’ll have to sit out a year. That may mean they could throw all their chips at Tulane transfer Ben Cherry (who will be eligible immediately) or pursue some JUCO players to fill some needs. But they’ll need to do something very quickly, because fans are losing faith.