Change of heart gets school's OK

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North Augusta High forward Bryan Narcisse was granted a release from his commitment to play Western Kentucky University on Thursday.

Western Kentucky University granted North Augusta forward Bryan Narcisse's request to be released from his commitment Thursday.  J. Scott Trubey/Staff
J. Scott Trubey/Staff
Western Kentucky University granted North Augusta forward Bryan Narcisse's request to be released from his commitment Thursday.

Narcisse, who signed with the Hilltoppers on Nov. 14, said a desire to be closer to home and the recent coaching change at Western Kentucky were factors in his decision. Darrin Horn resigned April 1 to take the head coaching job at South Carolina.

Narcisse said his request to be released from his scholarship was granted about 12:30 p.m. He made the formal request Wednesday.

"I called the coach (new head coach Ken McDonald) and asked, and they said they would probably still be recruiting me and I said, 'That's fine.' I'm really thankful for that," Narcisse said.

Phone and e-mail messages left for Chris Glowacki, the assistant athletic media relations director for Western Kentucky, were not immediately returned.

Narcisse was looked at by several colleges, including Charlotte, Furman, Providence and Presbyterian, before he signed with Western Kentucky. He said he hopes to sign with a new school before he graduates in May.

"I'm going to look at a couple schools, I'm not really sure what, I'm just kind of waiting right now," he said. He didn't rule out eventually re-signing with the Hilltoppers.

Narcisse, who averaged 13.6 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals per game last season, helped lead North Augusta to one of the best seasons in its history. The Jackets (21-5) lost 66-64 in the state quarterfinals to Wren.

"While we had the opportunity, my parents wanted me to find an opportunity for me to be closer to them," Narcisse said.

Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or scott.trubey@augustachronicle.com


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