New St. Joseph’s coach Billy Lange might have a drastically different cast of characters in his lineup next season, especially in the backcourt.
Hawks guard Fresh Kimble, who has one season of eligibility remaining, is entering the transfer portal, joining freshman point guard Jared Bynum, a source said.
Also, Charlie Brown, the team’s leading scorer this past season, averaging 19 points a game, issued a statement to Black Cager Sports Media saying he was putting his name into the NBA draft: “After carefully weighing my options with parents, I have decided to enter my name in the NBA Draft. My three years at St Joseph’s were the best of my life. I do wish we could have won another A10 Championship and advanced in the NCAA tournament. But, at this point, I am ready to move on to the professional ranks. I thank Coach Martelli, Coach Arnold, Coach Bass and Coach Duda for giving me an opportunity to play for the Hawks.”
Like Bynum, Kimble hasn’t ruled out returning to St. Joe’s, according to a source close to him, who said, “He seems to want to see what’s out there, but hasn’t ruled out a return.’’
The Kimble news was first reported Tuesday by The Stadium. It doesn’t come as a complete surprise. This has become part of the landscape during coaching changes. The source close to Kimble who confirmed the decision to go in the portal added, “There’s still lots of emotion with the way everything went down.”
Phil Martelli was fired as Hawks coach last month.