Former Lawrence North guard Daeshon Francis said Tuesday that he has received his release from Wisconsin-Green Bay and will seek a transfer.
Francis, who averaged 4.5 points as a freshman at Wisconsin-Green Bay, said he made his decision after coach Brian Wardle accepted the coaching job at Bradley. Wisconsin-Green Bay was 95-65 in Wardle’s five seasons and made back-to-back NIT appearances.
Francis played in all 33 games for Green Bay, which finished 24-9. He was sixth on the team in scoring and fifth in assists.
Linc Darner, a former Purdue guard and Division II Florida Southern coach, is the new coach at Green Bay.
*New Palestine has hired longtime assistant Trent Whitaker as its new boys basketball coach.
Whitaker has been with the program for 16 years, the last 10 as a varsity assistant under Adam Barton. The Dragons won three sectional titles during that time. Barton, who was 120-103 in 10 seasons, stepped down to pursue a master’s degree in administration.
“It’s been 16 years, from seventh grade all the way to the varsity,” Whitaker said in a release from the school. “Working the last 11 years with coach (Brian) Kehrt and coach Barton, to try to follow those names and fill those shoes means a lot. We have great kids. I hope I can continue the success coach Barton has brought to the program, and build on the character of what he’s done.”
New Palestine was 13-12 last season and lost in the sectional championship to Franklin Central.
*International boys basketball coach Scott Schmelzer has stepped down to pursue a master’s degree in sports administration at Belmont University.
“Being a college coach has always been a dream of mine and I believe this is the right next step for me to make that dream come to life,” Schmelzer said.
International was 18-30 in Schmelzer’s two seasons at the school.
*Park Tudor forward Jaren Jackson Jr., a junior-to-be, picked up an offer from Xavier early Tuesday. Former Park Tudor standout Trevon Bluiett just wrapped up his freshman year at Xavier.