King, three others leave Coppin State

Mitchell, players differ on reasons for departures

College Basketball

September 02, 2005|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Nicholas King, a star on the Coppin State basketball team last season, has left the program along with three other players.

King, a 6-foot-7 forward who would have been a junior this fall, averaged 14.1 points to earn first-team honors in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as the Eagles went 13-5 in the league last season.

In addition to King, Coppin lost 6-2 junior guard Raheem Scott, 6-5 junior forward Darron Bradley and 6-7 sophomore forward Derek Daniels. Scott averaged 7.9 points and made the MEAC second team, Daniels averaged 3.0 points in limited action, while Bradley sat out his junior season with an injury.

But while yesterday's announcement from Coppin coach Fang Mitchell said that the four players had transferred, Bradley said that the players were encouraged to leave shortly after last season for various reasons.

"It was a mutual agreement. No question about that," Mitchell said. "They weren't bad kids, but we just couldn't agree."

While the players had their differences with Mitchell, Bradley said that he was closing in on his degree this year.

"I didn't want to leave, but Fang gave me the release at the end of the season," Bradley said. "Why would you cut someone when they're about to graduate?"

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