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Keith Hornsby to transfer to LSU


WILLIAMSBURG -- Keith Hornsby has always dreamed of playing college basketball at the highest level.

The Williamsburg native will get that wish, electing to transfer from the University of North Carolina-Asheville to Louisiana State University.

Hornsby made the announcement Monday night on his twitter account, after spending the last month entertaining programs across the country. He traveled to North Carolina State, Saint Mary's and LSU before deciding to play ball in Baton Rouge.

"The coaches were a big part of my decision," said Hornsby in an interview Monday night. "Coach Johnny Jones expressed so much love for me and has high expectations. He expects greatness out of me and for me to have a major role once I'm eligible."

The 6-foot-4 guard just completed his second season with the Bulldogs. He ranked second on the team in scoring at 15 points a game. He averaged 4.2 rebounds a game and nearly three assists for UNC-Asheville.

Hornsby also gained national attention when he ranked among the country's best free-throw shooters, converting 99 of 107 to shoot 92.5%.

Due to NCAA rules, Hornsby must sit out the 2013-14 season but will have two years of eligibility with the Tigers.

Hornsby admitted that he's excited to on campus and get to work. "The campus is pretty and I wanted to experience a bigger school setting. I will definitely get it at LSU."

"I'm going to use my redshirt year to my advantage," he continued. "I need to get bigger, strong and more skilled in all categories and come out the next year as a go-to option in the program. Coach Jones expects greatness out of me, so I'm gonna work as hard as I can to deliver those expectations. Most importantly, the coaches made it clear to me and how they felt they really needed me for success."

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