August 28th, 2014

Kolo transfers into Knights basketball program

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Kolo transfers into Knights basketball program
Kolo is a transfer from the University of Hartford and East Carolina University / photo from

Bellarmine University head basketball coach Scott Davenport announced Thursday that junior Yasin Kolo will transfer into the Knights' program.  Kolo is a 6-foot-10, 245-pound center who played previously at the University of Hartford and East Carolina.

A native of Goettingen, Germany, Kolo graduated from Fayetteville (N.C.) Christian High School and was a member of the North Carolina 2-A All-State team after averaging 21.8 points and 10 rebounds a game his senior season.  Local fans may remember Kolo from an appearance last year when he scored 12 points and pulled down eight boards for Hartford against the University of Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 19, 2013.

"Yasin is a great addition to our basketball program," Davenport said. "He has a wealth of Division I and international experience. He is an outstanding young man who has demonstrated to our staff time and time again how badly he wants to be a Bellarmine Knight. Our staff showed great patience in the pursuit of Yasin and our entire program benefitted from their hard work. He is a quality big man who really knows how to utilize his abilities at both ends of the floor. We had previously recruited Yasin and we watched him play last year with great interest. We were very excited with how he performed against Louisville, obviously, one of the top programs in all of basketball."

Kolo is eager to start his Bellarmine career.  "When I came on my visit (to Bellarmine), I just loved it here from the get-go," Kolo said.  "There's a great atmosphere in the locker room and on the court, and I really look forward to being a part of the Bellarmine program."

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Davenport also announced that New Albany native Donnie Hale has left the program.

"I wish nothing but the best for Donnie," Davenport said. "I really like Donnie and his family and I completely understand his decision. I am pulling for him to be successful in his pursuit of his degree and all his future endeavors away from basketball."    



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