Alabama native and Tulane basketball player Ricky Tarrant announced that he will not be returning to Tulane to play basketball for the 2013-2014 season.
Tarrant, a sophomore, attended Birmingham’s Pleasant Grove High School and was ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals coming out of high school. He held offers from Cleveland State, Murray State, UAB and Wichita State but chose to attend Tulane.
In the midst of turmoil and mass exodus, Tulane’s coach Ed Conroy and athletics director Rick Dickson granted Ricky Tarrant the permission to contact other schools to transfer. Prior to Tuesday, both Conroy and Dickson had withheld Tarrant from contacting other schools and Tarrant had threatened an appeal to the university committee, which is a separate entity from the athletics department.
Tarrant intends to transfer to move closer to home.
“He wants to play closer to home and that’s the main reason he wanted to leave Tulane,” Tarrant’s father said on his son’s decision to transfer. “He wants to play ball closer to home. I’m not going to elaborate any more.”
Tarrant’s father said Conroy visited the family’s home in Pleasant Grove, Ala., last Friday to try to convince Tarrant to stay. Conroy promised to support Tarrant regardless of his decision.
Although Tarrant and his father haven’t released a list of schools the 6-foot-4 point guard is considering, many believe that Alabama is a surefire choice. Since Tarrant is a sophomore, he will still have at least one year of eligibility left. The NCAA permits some players in certain circumstances to transfer and play the next season, but most players must wait a full year before hitting the floor.
Tarrant would be a much-needed addition for the Crimson Tide even if he only has one year of eligibility remaining. Trevor Releford will be playing his final season at the Capstone in the 2013-2014 season and Anthony Grant is already looking for his successor. Ricky Tarrant could provided a nice scoring spark for the Tide. This season he averaged 15.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. As a freshman Tarrant averaged 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
Wherever Tarrant lands, expect him to make a big impact as soon as he steps on campus. He already has two solid years of Division I basketball experience and can obviously play.
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