Brachen Hazen Adds to Ball State Men’s Hoops Stable of All-Stars

By Published: 6/22/2017 1:49:02 PM Custom Tag

Columbia City product joins Cardinals as transfer from Arkansas

Courtesy: Tyson Mathews | Ball State Athletics
Assistant Director of Media Relations

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Former Indiana All-Star Brachen Hazen joined the Ball State men’s basketball program this week with the beginning of the university’s second summer session.

Hazen, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Arkansas, will sit out the 2017-18 season and then have three years of eligibility with the Cardinals.

“We’re thrilled to add Brachen Hazen,” Ball State coach James Whitford said. “Brachen is someone we recruited extensively out of high school. We were disappointed when he didn’t come here the first time but equally exhilarated that he chose us this time.”

Hazen was an all-state player at Columbia City High School west of Fort Wayne, averaging 16.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a senior. Rated among the top 50 small forwards in the country by 247Sports, he signed with Arkansas out of high school. He appeared in 14 games as a freshman with the Razorbacks.

“Brachen has a really bright future as a player,” Whitford said. “He’s a terrific athlete who is highly skilled and motivated. More importantly, he’s an outstanding young man who comes from a great family. He really believes in this school and came here to help us accomplish special things.”

Hazen, who played with the 2016 Indiana All-Stars alongside current BSU forward Kyle Mallers, joins a stable of in-state products with the Cardinals. Ball State will have eight past Indiana All-Stars on the roster this season, the most for one team since Purdue had eight in 1998-99.

The other former All-Stars on the roster include Tayler Persons (2014), Sean Sellers (2014), Jeremie Tyler (2014), Tahjai Teague (2015), K.J. Walton (2015), Mallers (2016) and Zach Gunn (2017).

Walton also joined the program this summer as an SEC transfer, returning to his home state after playing his freshman year at Missouri. Like Hazen, he will sit out the upcoming season.

Ball State is coming off back-to-back 21-win campaigns and postseason appearances. The Cardinals have also shared the MAC West Division championship in each of the past two seasons. This year’s team is set to return eight letter winners and 70 percent of its scoring from last year.

Published: 6/22/2017 1:49:02 PM Custom Tag