Men's basketball player Ali Langford will be transferring out of Niagara University so that he can play closer to home, Purple Eagles coach Joe Mihalich announced Friday.

Langford, a 6-foot-6 forward, played one season at Niagara after transferring from Allan Hancock (Calif.) Community College.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Langford averaged 1.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 29 games last season, and had the game-winning dunk with 3.7 seconds left in late-season win over Rider.

"Ali is a first-class guy and a high-character kid," Mihalich said in a news release. "We completely understand his situation and wish him the best."

Ironically, it was Langford's signing last spring that facilitated forward Kashief Edwards' decision to transfer out of Niagara for his senior season.

Langford's departure leaves the Purple Eagles with three available scholarships to offer during this recruiting period, and only two rising seniors on the current roster.

One of those seniors, forward Eric Williams, will meet with athletic trainer John Munroe next week to determine whether he will continue his college basketball career, Mihalich said.

Williams, 25, has dealt with a series of knee and ankle injuries over the past four years, and has already earned his bachelor's degree and an MBA from Niagara.

Mihalich said he expects the other nine players currently on scholarship to return next season

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