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IHCC Hoops Star Ernst De-Commits From Xavier

By Jason Van Arkel, April 11, 2017

The nomadic college basketball career of former Indian Hills forward Brady Ernst has taken another turn.

In a statement issued Tuesday on Twitter, Ernst announced that he will not transfer to Xavier University in Cincinnati for next season. “After a lot of thought and talking with people…I have decided to de-commit from Xavier University and explore other options,” the statement read in part. “I (want to) thank Coach (Chris) Mack for the opportunity he gave me and wish them the best of luck next year.”

Ernst (#31 in the above picture) had originally committed to Xavier on January 8th, during his lone season with Indian Hills. The 6-foot-10 native of Clinton struggled at times with injuries last winter, but still averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Warriors and helped them reach their fourth straight NJCAA Division I national tournament.

He began his college career at Iowa State in 2015, appearing in a handful of games as a true freshman before taking a medical redshirt due to complications from a previous knee surgery. Ernst left the Cyclones after that season, choosing the JUCO route and transferring to Indian Hills. According to a tweet from IHCC head coach Hank Plona, Ernst will receive his 2-year degree from Indian Hills in May, and will have three years of basketball eligibility remaining wherever he decides to transfer.

By de-committing, Ernst passes up a chance to join a program that advanced deep into the NCAA Tournament last March. Xavier made it all the way to the Elite Eight, knocking off Maryland, Florida State and Arizona, before losing to eventual national runner-up Gonzaga.

The next signing period for college basketball recruits begins on Wednesday.