Arizona State lost a key member from its 2022-23 tournament team Monday morning, as senior guard DJ Horne announced his commitment to NC State from the transfer portal.
it’s a parade inside my city yeaaaa ❤️ WPN let’s rock 🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/JqXFW8mGUX
— DJ Horne (@djhorne0) April 17, 2023
Horne, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, told On3 that he chose to play at NC State because “home is where the heart is.” He said he always wanted the chance to play for his hometown, so he jumped on the opportunity when it came his way.
It had been presumed that Horne would transfer closer to home since he entered the portal on March 24. He visited the Wolfpack this weekend and now commits to them shortly after. NC State went 23-11 last season and lost to Creighton in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Horne and the Wolfpack could potentially face off against his former team this season, as NC State and ASU will reportedly both be playing in the Wooden Legacy in Las Vegas.
NEWS: Arizona State, BYU, and NC State will headline the 2023 Wooden Legacy in Las Vegas, according to multiple sources.
The 4th team is currently TBD.https://t.co/GyaMr3DTi9
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 17, 2023
The 6-foot-1 Horne averaged 12.5 points per game for the Sun Devils last season, which was second on the team. He led ASU in scoring the prior season after transferring from Illinois State. The Sun Devils have now lost their top two scorers from last season with Desmond Cambridge out of eligibility.
Horne and Cambridge are the two ASU starters who are officially no longer on the team. Devan Cambridge is still in the portal, while Frankie Collins and Warren Washington have their names in the NBA Draft with the option to return.
The Sun Devils are thin at the guard spot for next season, as they are everywhere else. Jamiya Neal is the only player at the position who said he would come back for next season. Backup guard Luther Muhammad is out of eligibility, and Austin Nunez is in the transfer portal.
ASU does have two incoming guards for next season in four-star, 6-foot-3 freshman Braelon Green and 6-foot-4 junior college transfer Malachi Davis. Bobby Hurley and his staff have some work to do as the number of transfer commitments continues to rise.
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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on twitter via @Brendan_Mau