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Haynes-Overton leaving ETSU

Joe Avento • Updated Dec 17, 2019 at 11:34 PM

Erica Haynes-Overton called her time at East Tennessee “an amazing and unforgettable opportunity,” but it’s about to come to an end.

Haynes-Overton, a star guard for the ETSU women’s basketball team, announced Tuesday via Twitter that she is entering the transfer portal.

“Thank you East Tennessee State University and Johnson City for giving me an amazing and unforgettable opportunity to showcase my God-given ability while representing you all,” she said on Twitter.

“My time here will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m forever thankful to have been a part of such a historic program with the best fan base in the SoCon. This decision is one I’ve prayed countless nights about.

“My family and I believe that is the best decision for myself moving forward. With that being said I’ll be entering my name in the transfer portal and looking to further my career elsewhere.”

Haynes-Overton was averaging 22.8 points per game this season. She played in four games before it was announced that she had suffered a knee injury. She would presumably be able to redshirt this season and have two years of eligibility at her new school.

The 5-foot-5 guard opened the season with 41 points in a close loss to Tennessee. She has been the Southern Conference’s defensive player of the year the past two seasons.

The Bucs are 3-9 heading into their next game, Friday night at home against South Alabama.

“We all appreciate the contributions to our program by Erica Haynes-Overton during her time here and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” ETSU coach Britney Ezell said. “Moving forward, we are focused on our next game with a tough South Alabama team on Friday in Brooks.”

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