Hodges, the Bucs’ star guard, announced Monday via Twitter that he’ll be transferring to Butler.
Hodges would have been ETSU’s returning leading scorer and rebounder next season, Jason Shay’s first as head coach.
“First I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me become the player and man that I am today,” Hodges posted on Twitter. “They have helped me develop my game, grow as a basketball player in ways that I could have never imagined. I am thankful for the time that I have spent at ETSU. We have created a lot of great memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Lastly, I can’t forget about the best fan base in the SoCon. You guys have treated me like family, welcome me with open arms and gave me a home away from home. I will forever be a Buc.”
Except that now he’s a Bulldog.
Hodges joins a Butler program that has played in the national championship game twice, in 2010 and 2011. The Bulldogs are coming off a 22-9 season. The team was 10-8 in the Big East.
Hodges’ announcement leaves Daivien Williamson as the only ETSU player in the NCAA’s transfer portal. The rising junior point guard is widely thought to be following Steve Forbes to Wake Forest, especially considering Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is his hometown and he led Winston-Salem Prep to a state championship.