The Big South Conference Freshman of the Year in men’s basketball will not be playing at Presbyterian College next season. In fact, next season, Adam Flagler won’t be playing anywhere at all.
Flagler, from Duluth, Ga., will sit out next year and then have three years’ eligibility remaining at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After deciding to transfer, Flagler, a 6-3 guard, chose the Bears over Butler University in Indianapolis.
Flagler led the Blue Hose in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Presbyterian won 20 games (20-16) for the first time since joining NCAA Division I. PC advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIT (CollegeInsider.com Tournament).
Desean Murray was also the Big South’s top freshman in 2015. He later transferred to Auburn University and then to Western Kentucky, where he left the team after playing eight games last season “to pursue professional opportunities.”
Flagler’s coach at Presbyterian, Dustin Kerns, is now head coach at Appalachian State University. With the Blue Hose, Flagler connected on 38 percent of his three-point attempts and 83 percent of his free throws.
Presbyterian’s new head coach, Quinton Ferrell, filled out his staff this week with the addition of four assistants. Joining Coach Ferrell are assistant coaches Ben Korren, Nick Lagroone and Trey Meyer. Trey Johnson has been hired as the director of basketball operations.
Korren was most recently the Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator at the College of Charleston. He was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations prior to the 2018-19 season after spending the 2017-18 season as the Video Coordinator and the 2016-17 season as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations.
Lagroone spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State, following a year as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Redhawks. At SEMO, he helped recruit multiple high school players of the year from various states.
Last season, Meyer was the Director of Recruiting/Player Development at the College of Charleston. In that role he coordinated visits and created recruiting material and was also responsible for self-scouting, monitoring academic progress of student-athletes, and handling compliance forms and reports.
Last season, Johnson was an assistant coach at Francis Marion, where he was in charge of recruiting visits, was the recruiting coordinator for four states (S.C., N.C., Va., Ga.), and was responsible for player development. He coached the Peach Belt Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and Co-Player of the Year on the way to the Patriots’ trip to the NCAA tournament.
Cross country coach G.J. Hudgens announced the signing of three incoming freshman runners who will be coming to Clinton in the fall. The class consists of Megan Flynn, Lili Jaraczewski, and Nelson Senn.
“I couldn’t be happier with the freshman joining the team in the fall,” said Hudgens. “Nelson will be a big part of pushing the men’s team forward and I’m confident that Lili and Megan will help take the women’s team to a new level. All three will set the bar high.”
Flynn, from Richburg and Lewisville High School, was a state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters for a team that was girls’ Class A state champion. She was an all-state swimmer and played soccer.
Jaraczewski, from Kenosha, Wis., ran three years at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy there and finished her high school career at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, where she finished second in the S.C. regional meet as a senior.
Senn, from Greer’s Riverside High School, was a five-year letterman for a team that won region championships and a state title in 2016.