NKU releases guard Faulkner from scholarship

Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, right, talks with Mason Faulkner late in the second half of a first-round game against Kentucky in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 79-70. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball program will be without a second key player from the 2017-18 Horizon League regular-season championship team when head coach John Brannen announced Wednesday afternoon that sophomore guard Mason Faulkner has been released from the program.

The move comes a couple of weeks after sophomore forward Carson Williams announced he is transferring.

Faulkner, a graduate of Caverna High School in Horse Cave, Ky., averaged 5.6 points in 32 games this past season and finished third on the team with 72 assists in helping the Norse go 22-10 and earn an NIT berth by winning the Horizon League regular-season title.

As a freshman in 2016-17 he helped NKU earn its first ever NCAA Tournament berth by winning the Horizon League Tournament title. He averaged 7.4 points per game and finished second on the team with 68 assists.

NKU signed two guards for the 2018 recruiting class: Kentucky Mr. Basketball Trevon Faulkner and Byan Mocaby.

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