Ole Miss basketball player Blake Hinson transferred from the University of Mississippi earlier this month and has landed at Iowa State.
According to quotes he gave to news organizations, he left because of the state flag that still carries the confederate symbol.
“To make a general statement, it was time to go and leave Ole Miss,” Hinson told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “I’m proud not to represent that flag anymore and to not be associated with anything representing the Confederacy.”
Hinson was a rising star at Ole Miss last season where he averaged 10.1 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. He also led the Rebels to a 15-17 record last season under head coach Kermit Davis. Hinson will have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules unless he is granted an immediate eligibility waiver.
Not having Hinson in the starting lineup will definitely affect the Rebels, but the team has signed a few incoming players that may make a contribution to the team.
Mississippi lawmakers delayed the vote to change the flag yesterday but the vote will more than likely happen soon under pressure from the public, including sports associations, universities, churches and corporations, among others.