CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s been quite the week for The Citadel Bulldogs on the transfer market, to say the least.
Earlier in the week, they had three players transfer out of the program. Tariq Simmons, Frankie Johnson, and Rob Johnson all requested their releases from the Bulldogs’ program following the 2017-18 campaign.
The Citadel went 11-21 overall this past season, and 5-13 in Southern Conference play.
When you add in the loss of Preston Parks, who was dismissed from the program during the regular season, and the Bulldogs have lost four pieces of the puzzle for next season and beyond.
However, over the weekend, the Bulldogs got a bit of good news on the transfer market, landing a Division I transfer who played two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference.
Connor Kern, a native of Pickerington, OH, transferred from the Arkansas State Red Wolves after two-plus seasons with the program. The redshirt sophomore was limited to just 85 minutes as a freshman in 2015-16 before missing the final 20 games due to injury.
Zach Fleet was first to break the news of Kern’s commitment to The Citadel on his Twitter page.
This past season, Kern appeared in all 32 games for the Red Wolves, averaging just over 16 minutes per night out. Coming off the bench, the 6’4” guard averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 37.1% from the field and 70.0% from three point range.
While Kern isn’t the biggest name on the transfer market by any means, but the fact that the Bulldogs were able to land a player with Division I talent is a positive sign moving forwards. Standing at 6’4”, Kern brings size to the back court rotation for the Bulldogs in 2018-19 and beyond.
Over the course of the 2017-18 season, Kern showed flashes of being able to lead the offense for the Red Wolves. In their season opener, he went for 10 points, two rebounds and three assists against the Evansville Purple Aces. He also added 12 points on December 22nd against Culver-Stockton.
Kern is immediately eligible for the Bulldogs come the 2018-19 season, and will have two years of eligibility with The Citadel as a graduate transfer. Add him to a rotation that will still feature the likes of Zane Najdawl, Quayson Williams and others, and The Citadel will have a talented core in 2018-19.
– T. Bennett