As a sophomore, he played 25 of the Herd's 32 games, averaging just 9.2 minutes. He scored 3.6 points per game with 2.5 rebounds, and got his free-throw shooting up to 58.8 percent.
Hanner's departure leaves up to two scholarships available for a late recruit. The most recent signee was another Notre Dame Prep star, point guard Jaylen Brantley, who is expected to be a nonqualifier. Rated four stars by MaxPreps.com, he will begin classes later this summer.
Herrion said he and his staff is playing all possible recruiting angles, including those fifth-year "rent-a-players" who are flooding the market.
"We're definitely grinding," Herrion said Friday. "We've got a handful of kids I'm really excited about."
Point guard Kareem Canty and 6-6 forward Ryan Taylor, nonqualifiers last winter, have attained eligibility. TyQuane Goard, the George Washington graduate who transferred from Ohio and walked on for his transfer season, is on scholarship.
Of the three signed junior-college recruits, 6-4 guard Justin Edmonds is already in school. The other two, 6-9 power forward Cheik Sane and 6-6 forward Shawn Smith, are expected to begin classes on June 10.
"That's a huge, huge benefit," Herrion said. "That's as early as we've been able to get junior-college kids in here. They can reap the benefits of our summer program."
Of the five returning players, senior forward Elijah Pittman is the leading scorer (16.1) and rebounder (4.2) and lone regular starter. Sophomore guard Tamron Manning improved late in the season and started five games.
Sophomore DeVince Boykins averaged 10.5 minutes in 22 games but needs to improve offensively (18.5 percent from floor, 2 for 6 from the line). Seven-foot-2 senior Yous Mbao and end-of-bench junior JP Kambola combined to play 111 minutes last season.
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