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Troubled Ole Miss guard transfers to Eastern Kentucky

A’Queen Hayes averaged 6.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last season at Ole Miss.
A’Queen Hayes averaged 6.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last season at Ole Miss. Ole Miss Athletics

A’Queen Hayes, a starting guard at Ole Miss before being dismissed from the team this past spring, is transferring to Eastern Kentucky University.

Hayes started 51 games in two seasons with the Rebels and was named to the Southeastern Conference’s All-Freshman Team in 2014-15.

Rebels Coach Matt Insell, a former University of Kentucky assistant, released Hayes after her arrest in Oxford, Miss., in April on a charge of driving under the influence of something other than alcohol.

Hayes, who will have two seasons of eligibility with the Colonels, is from Horn Lake, Miss. The 5-foot-8 guard will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible for the 2017-18 season.

Hayes joins transfers Marcella Rocha (College of Central Florida), Madison Wood (Kirkwood Community College in Iowa) and Ja’Lyn Brooks (Trevecca Nazarene/Morehead State) and incoming freshman guard Tae’Lour Richardson in EKU’s 2016 signing class.

“A’Queen is a huge addition for our program,” EKU Coach Chrissy Roberts said in a news release. “She has proven herself as a talented and consistent guard in her time at Ole Miss, and her experience will translate to our program beginning in 2017-18.”

Hayes averaged 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, and she tied for the team lead with 2.8 assists last season at Ole Miss. She averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman.

Eastern Kentucky finished 18-12 overall and 10-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference last season, advancing to the OVC Tournament championship game for the first time in 10 years.

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