Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble is transferring from St. Joseph’s to Louisville in the wake of the coaching change on Hawk Hill.
As a graduate transfer, Kimble will be eligible to play next season. He becomes the third City 6 player in recent years to transfer to Louisville, following Damion Lee from Drexel and Tony Hicks from Penn.
Kimble put out a statement on social media: "I would like to thank Saint Joseph’s University for an amazing four years of my life. Coach Martelli, Coach Arnold, Coach Duda, Coach Bass, my teammates and the entire SJU community were tremendous in helping me develop into the man and player I am today. The times we shared were priceless and will forever be in my heart.
“Over the last the last few weeks I have sat down with my family and friends to discuss my future. After I entered the transfer portal, Coach Lange has been honest, trustworthy and understanding. I appreciate and respect his leadership and cultural values during this process. I have decided to take a graduate transfer year at the University of Louisville. Let’s Go Cardinals!!!”
In a statement from St. Joe’s, new coach Billy Lange, who replaced Phil Martelli after the longtime coach was fired last month, said, “Fresh and I have shared upfront and honest communication over the last two weeks. He has been very mature and appreciative in each conversation. We have walked through this together. He has clearly and thoughtfully expressed his desire to be in a basketball situation where he feels he will be the primary ballhandler – we support him in chasing his dreams."
In addition to Kimble’s departure, guard Troy Holston, who joined the Hawks last season as a graduate transfer from South Florida, “will be leaving the Hawk program to seek another opportunity,” according to St. Joe’s statement.
Holston already had announced that he put his name in the transfer portal, as has point guard Jared Bynum. And Charlie Brown has put his name in for the NBA Draft, and sources said he is not expected to return to St. Joe’s.