Ole Miss’ Hinson to transfer to Iowa State

Junior forward Blake Hinson said he is leaving Ole Miss and transferring to Iowa State.

In an interview with The Daytona Beach News-Journal in his home state of Florida, Hinson said the current conflict over the Mississippi state flag, which includes the symbol of the Confederate flag, played a role in his decision.

“To make a general statement, it was time to go and leave Ole Miss,” Hinson told the newspaper. “I’m proud not to represent that flag anymore and to not be associated with anything representing the Confederacy.”

The NCAA last week banned any championship events, such as baseball and basketball regional tournaments, from being played in any state that has a flag bearing the Confederate symbol. Mississippi is the only such state.

In two seasons with the Rebels, the 6-foot-7 guard/forward appeared in 60 games (58 starts) and averaged 9.1 points. Last season, he averaged 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds and scored a season-high 23 against Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 7.

He said he will apply to NCAA for a waiver to make him eligible to play for the Cyclones in the 2020-21 season.