Jamel Horton, the starting point guard for the UAlbany men’s basketball program the last two seasons, has entered into the NCAA transfer portal.
Verbalcommits.com first reported Horton’s entry Monday into the portal.
A 6-foot-4 guard from Queens, Horton was named the America East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a second-team all-conference selection during the 2021-22 campaign. Horton averaged a team-leading 12.8 points and 3.9 assists per game for UAlbany, which finished 13-18 in Dwayne Killings’ first season as head coach.
Horton also entered into the NCAA transfer portal after the 2020-21 season, but opted to return to UAlbany.
Horton transferred in 2020 to UAlbany from Pratt Community College in Kansas. After starting the 2020-21 season as a reserve for then-head coach Will Brown’s team, Horton quickly took over as the team’s starting lead guard, and averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Attempts to contact Horton, who has one remaining season of playing eligibility, were not successful. Previously, walk-on guard Luke Fizulich had also entered into the NCAA transfer portal from the Great Danes.
On Sunday, UAlbany received a verbal commitment from guard Marcus Jackson, an Amsterdam native who starred at Albany Academy. Jackson is expected to join the program as a preferred walk-on.