Former Morehead State men’s basketball guard Brent Arrington has agreed to play for the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA G-League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.
The Swarm were added as an NBA G-League affiliate prior to the beginning of last season. They field their home events at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse in Greensboro, North Carolina.
"I want to start by giving thanks and the glory to God and Christ Jesus for blessing me with these abilities," said Arrington. "I’m excited for this opportunity. Just being able to play professional ball wasn’t enough for me; I need to be able to reach my goals. And, the goal that got me to pick up a basketball in the first place was to one day play in the NBA."
Arrington graduated from Morehead State University in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in sport management from MSU.
Arrington is one of 18 former Eagles’ men’s basketball players to have played professionally since 2011: himself, Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Xavier Moon (France), Lyonell Gaines (Peru), Corban Collins (Germany), Dejuan Marrero (Switzerland), Anthony Elechi (England), Karam Mashour (Israel), Angelo Warner (Cyprus), Kareem Storey (Slovakia), Billy Reader (England), Miguel Dicent (Dominican Republic), Luka Pajkovic (Romania), Chad Posthumus (Japan), Devon Atkinson (Australia), Milton Chavis (Luxembourg), Demonte Harper (Russia), and Sam Goodman (ABA’s Atlanta Aliens).
A native of Baltimore, Md., Arrington is heading to the NBA’s newly-branded farm-league system after playing a season of professional hoops in Hungary’s A-Division. In his rookie season at Jaszberenyi KSE, Arrington averaged 14.2 points per game on nearly 51 percent shooting, in addition to five rebounds and four assists per contest.
As a senior at Morehead State, Arrington became the 32nd player in program history to be added to the 1,000-point list. He achieved this milestone on February 13, 2016, when the Eagles defeated Belmont in an epic clash of OVC powerhouses, 78-77. The Charm City product also tied his career high in points during this encounter, logging 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, nailing 3-of-5 from long range.
His 1,144 points ranks 25th all-time in Morehead State men’s basketball history. Arrington also ranks in the top-15 all-time in program history in steals (4th, 194), blocked shots (11th, 57), assists (11th, 268), free throws made (13th, 285), and 3-point field goals made (14th, 107).
Arrington’s contributions to the 2015-16 Eagles helped highlight a unit that was third in scoring defense (69.0 points per game), first in scoring margin (+4.6), third in field goal percentage defense (.438), first in all stats pertaining to rebounds (offensive rebounds per game, defensive rebounds per game, rebounding offense and defense), third in assists per game (14.4), first in steals per game (8.2) and first in turnover margin (+2.3).
The 2015-16 Eagles finished with a 23-14 overall record, an 11-5 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference, and a runner-up finish in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament. The 23 wins sets the bar for fourth-most wins in school history.
Above all else, the kid from the crab cake capital of the world is thrilled to be playing in his home country again. And, through all of his excursions, he is most thankful for this support system.
"I’m thrilled to have the family and friends I do and I’m thrilled to be able to carry pieces of each organization that I have represented along my journey," continued Arrington. "They have had my back no matter what and allowed me to be my own man."
"I enjoyed my time overseas. But, I can’t wait to be able to play in my home country again. To everyone from my time at Sudbrook Middle, Liberty Road West, Cecil Kirk, Lansdowne High, Southern Sports, Mississippi Valley State, and Morehead State, everything I do on this journey is for you all."