Charlotte, NC – Charlotte 49ers head coach Alan Major has announced that 6-2 guard Ben Cherry has transferred from Tulane to Charlotte. Cherry played high school basketball at Charlotte’s Myers Park High School. Cherry, who will graduate from Tulane in May, has signed a financial aid agreement with the university and will become eligible once the NCAA approves his transfer status as a grad student. He will have one year of eligibility remaining and he plans on working on a Master’s Degree in Real Estate.
“We are excited to have Ben join our team,” Major said. “Ben is a Charlotte native who is excited to be back home. He is a well rounded college basketball player who will add three-point shooting to our team. He also brings maturity and leadership to the team.”
Cherry, who played his freshman season at the Citadel, saw action in 62 games with four starts at Tulane.
This past season, he saw action in 34 games while averaging 4.4 points per game. He knocked 34 three-point field goals while shooting 50% from beyond the arc. He scored in double-figures three times including a career-high 17 points against Southern Miss, February 13. He scored 12 points on four three-point field goals against UAB, February 27. In addition to his shooting touch on the court, Cherry was named to the Conference USA all-Academic team for his success in the classroom.
He redshirted in 2010-11 after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the eighth game of the season.
“I am pumped and excited about coming back to Charlotte,” Cherry said. “I enjoyed meeting with the 49ers coaching staff. I am excited about playing with a great group of guys. I am really looking forward to playing my final season of college basketball in my hometown near my friends and family.”
With a young lineup that often featured five freshmen and sophomores on the court, Charlotte went 21-12 last season and earned a post-season berth in the NIT. It was the 49ers first 20-win season and first post-season appearance since 2008. The 49ers, who competed in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012-13, will move to Conference USA in 2013-14.