Battle to transfer out of App State

Joseph Battle (11) will transfer out of Appalachian State and will play at USC-Aiken, according to his Twitter page.

BOONE — Appalachian State backup guard Joseph Battle will transfer to USC-Aiken, according to his Twitter account.

Battle, a sophomore last season, started one of the 25 games he played last season. He averaged 3.3 points and 10.4 minutes played per game. Battle, a 6-foot-3 guard from Abbeville, S.C., pulled down 35 rebounds and had 10 assists and five steals during the season. He scored a career-high 18 points against North Carolina Central.

App State’s athletic department confirmed that Battle is transferring out.

USC-Aiken is a Division II program and is a member of the Peach Belt Conference.

Receiver transfers to App State

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan receiver Keishawn Watson will transfer to Appalachian State, according to hustlebelt.com.

Watson started his tweet by thanking God, then thanking Western Michigan University, his family and friends for their support while attending WMU. He concluded by tweeting “And with that being said, I have decided to pursue my masters and play my last year at Appalachian State University.”

Watson made his announcement on Twitter May 5. He is a graduate transfer, so he will be allowed to play with the Mountaineers immediately. He caught 68 passes for 728 yards and scored nine touchdowns in his three seasons with Western Michigan.

In 2017, Watson caught 25 passes for 330 yards. He was also a member of the Western Michigan team that went 13-1 and played in the Cotton Bowl.

Watson joins a receiving corps that includes returning standouts Corey Sutton, Thomas Hennigan, Malik Williams and Jalen Virgil. All are rising juniors.

Shabazz works out with Sixers

PHILADEPHIA — Former Appalachian State guard Ronshad Shabazz was one of six prospects who worked out with the Philadelphia 76ers in their training complex in Camden, N.J., on May 6, according to sixers.com.

Shabazz, who averaged more than 18 points in three of his seasons at Appalachian State, declared himself eligible for the 2018 draft, but withdrew and played his senior season with the Mountaineers. He averaged 18.3 points per game at App State last season and was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference.

The NBA Draft is June 20. The draft lottery will be held May 14.

App State softball

NEW ORLEANS — Appalachian State pitcher Kenzie Loganecker was named first-team all-Sun Belt Conference and slugger Keri White were named second team all-Sun Belt Conference.

Loganecker, a junior, posted a 2.39 ERA, struck 97 and finished the season with a 14-7 record. She became just the fourth App State pitcher to strike out at least 300 batters and has 31 career victories.

White hit .346 this season with 63 hits, three home runs and 23 RBIs. She also hit nine doubles, two triples and was 12-of-12 stealing bases.

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