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TU men's basketball adds Nebraska transfer to 2017 class

TU men's basketball accepted incoming transfer Jeriah Horner from the University of Nebraska.

Tulsa head men’s basketball coach Frank Haith announced on Thursday that 6-foot-7 forward Jeriah Horne (Overland Park, Kan./The Barstow [Mo.] School/Nebraska) has signed a Financial Aid Agreement to join the program.

After playing the 2016-17 season at Nebraska, Horne will sit out the upcoming 2017-18 campaign in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and then have three years of eligibility remaining.

Horne joins Darien Jackson (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest HS), DaQuan Jeffries (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe HS/Oral Roberts/Western Texas CC) and Elijah Joiner (Chicago, Ill./Curie Metropolitan HS), who previously inked National Letters of Intent, as part of the 2017 signing class.

“Jeriah is a tremendous addition to our program and while fans won’t see him on the court until the 2018-19 season due to transfer rules, he helps upgrade our talent and gives us a young and versatile forward for years to come,” Haith said. “Jeriah was one of the most efficient players for Nebraska last year as a true freshman and he had a big role for them during Big Ten play. His scoring and rebounding numbers went up during conference games, so that tells me he is a young man driven to get better and is ready to make the most of his opportunities.

“I also want to recognize his parents, Tashannah and Jerrell, and his coaches. Jeriah is an outstanding young man because of the people in his life. His mother and father did a tremendous job with him and Jeriah received some of the best coaching in the country from Barstow High School coach Billy Thomas and Kansas City Run GMC coach L.J. Goolsby. We are ecstatic to welcome Jeriah to the Tulsa family and pleased to keep Kansas City’s best players looking firmly at TU.”

As a freshman at Nebraska last season, Horne appeared in 29 contests for the Cornhuskers and averaged 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, while he shot 40.5-percent from the floor. He ranked fourth on the team and led all freshmen with 22 3-pointers during the campaign. Horne saw action in 17 Big Ten games and upped his averages to 5.3 points and 2.2 boards per contest, while he hit 15 triples, during conference play.

He scored in double-figures five times during the campaign, including a season-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting in a Dec. 20 win over Southern. Horne added 16 points and a season-best seven rebounds against No. 20 Purdue (Jan. 29), while he added a dozen points to aid a double-overtime win against Iowa (Jan. 5) and had another 11 points at No. 16 Indiana (Dec. 28).

Prior to his time in Lincoln, Neb., Horne was a four-year standout for head coach Billy Thomas at The Barstow School in Kansas City. A three-time first-team all-state pick in Missouri and All-Metro selection by the Kansas City Star, Horne helped the Knights to three state championship game appearances and brought home the state title in 2015. He totaled more than 2,000 points during his prep career as he helped power the team to an 82-9 record over his final three campaigns.

Horne was named a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com, and Rivals ranked him as the No. 122 player in the nation following his senior season. As a senior, he averaged 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as Barstow finished 27-4 and was the Class 3 runner-up. He posted 39 points and 14 rebounds in the state title game and also recorded a 42-point effort earlier in the season. Horne shared the DiRenna Award, which is given to the top player in the Kansas City area, and he was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Missouri.

He averaged 20.1 points and 10.0 boards per game as a junior to lead the Knights to a 29-2 mark and the Class 3 Championship. Horne again shined on the big stage with 33 points in a quarterfinal victory before another double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the title game. As a sophomore, he averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per outing as the Knights started their run of three consecutive state title game appearances.

On the AAU circuit, Horne starred for coach L.J. Goolsby and the Kansas City Run GMC program that also produced fellow Golden Hurricane signee Darien Jackson as well as former Tulsa standout Shaquille Harrison.

2017 Tulsa Men’s Basketball Signees

Jeriah Horne

6-7 • 222 • Forward

Overland Park, Kan. (The Barstow [Mo.] School/Nebraska)

Appeared in 29 games and averaged 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season at Nebraska … shot 40.5-percent from the floor and his 22 3-pointers ranked fourth on the team and tops among the squad’s freshmen … upped his averages to 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game during Big Ten play … scored in double-figures five times, including a season-high 18 points in a win over Southern (Dec. 20) … was a four-year standout at The Barstow School in Kansas City for head coach Billy Thomas … three-time first-team all-state in Missouri and All-Metro pick by the Kansas City Star … led the Knights to three consecutive Class 3 title games and brought home the state championship in 2015 … totaled more than 2,000 points during his prep career and helped the team to an 82-9 record over his final three seasons … three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com … Rivals ranked him the No. 122 player in the country … shared the 2016 DiRenna Award, which is given to the top player in the Kansas City area, and was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Missouri … starred for coach L.J. Goolsby on AAU circuit with the Kansas City Run GMC program.

Darien Jackson

6-2 • 180 • Guard

Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest HS)

Signed a National Letter of Intent with the Golden Hurricane in April … three-year letterwinner at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., for head coach Ed Fritz … a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247sports.com … averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior in 2016-17 to lead the Huskies to a 22-3 record and the Class 6A state title … averaged 20.7 ppg during the state tournament, including 26 points in the championship game … was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and earned Class 6A first-team All-State honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA), Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle … also a first-team All-Metro pick by the Kansas City Star and a first-team All-Eastern Kansas League selection … named to the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game and the KBCA All-Star Game … also was a first-team All-Eastern Kansas League selection and named Class 6A second-team All-State by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle as a junior.

DaQuan Jeffries

6-5 • 215 • Guard/Forward

Edmond, Okla. (Santa Fe HS/Oral Roberts/Western Texas CC)

Signed a National Letter of Intent with the Golden Hurricane in November … led Western Texas Community College to a 22-10 record as he averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game during the 2016-17 season on his way to first-team All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference and All-Region V honors … shot 66-percent from the floor and connected at a 77.8-percent clip at the free-throw line … averaged 16.1 points and shot 39.1-percent from behind the arc in conference play … averaged 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and shot 57-percent during his freshman season at Oral Roberts in 2015-16 … earned 2015 Oklahoma Class 6A All-State honors and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference in his final season at Santa Fe High School … helped lead the Wolves to a runner-up finish at the 2015 state tournament when he averaged 15.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per outing … was a teammate of TU sophomore Curran Scott for three seasons at Santa Fe.

Elijah Joiner

6-3 • 205 • Guard

Chicago, Ill. (Curie Metropolitan HS)

Signed a National Letter of Intent with the Golden Hurricane in November … rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com, he is ranked as the No. 18 combo guard in the country by 247Sports.com … also ranked as the No. 8 overall player and No. 3 shooting guard in the state of Illinois by PrepHoops.com … was a four-year varsity starter for head coach Mike Oliver at Curie Metropolitan High School … averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists and helped lead Curie to a 25-4 record and regional title as a senior in 2016-17 … earned first-team All-State honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and first-team All-City recognition following the campaign … also earned All-State special mention honors by the Chicago Tribune and was named All-Area by the Chicago Sun-Times … outscored No. 4 Kenwood by himself with 40 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including a 6-of-9 effort from behind the arc … averaged 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 2015-16 as he helped lead the Condors to the Class 4A state title … off the court, he earned the 2016 Teen of the Year Award by the YMCA of Metro Chicago for his efforts in peacemaking, leadership, sportsmanship and service with the Chicago-area YMCA.

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