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Faulkner Follows Williams in Departing NKU Men's Basketball Team

Two players won't return to Northern Kentucky's men's basketball team next season.

NKU announced Wednesday in a short statement that sophomore Mason Faulkner was released from the team. Reportedly, Faulkner asked to be released and head coach John Brannen granted it.

The news follows last week's announcement that sophomore Carson Williams will transfer from the program.

Williams was Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 2016, his high school senior season at Owen County and he was named to the All-Horizon League Freshman Team the following year as a Norse. He was a high-scoring contributor early in the season, with five games at 20 points or more, but by the end of the season, he lost his starting job to freshman Dantez Walton.

Faulkner averaged 6.5 points over two seasons at NKU. He is the all-time leading scorer at Caverna High School and was a Mr. Basketball finalist in 2016. He averaged 35.9 points per game in his final year of high school.

In addition to these two departures, Jordan Garnett and Lavone Holland II finished their careers at NKU this past season as seniors.

Northern Kentucky won the regular season Horizon League title with a 15-3 conference record. The team finished 22-10, and lost to Louisville in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament to conclude the season.

-Staff report

Photo: Mason Faulkner (via NKU)