(TNS) — Wichita State will have to replace eight scholarship players for its 2018-19 roster, as sophomore C.J. Keyser announced he intends to transfer from WSU.
"I would like to thank Coach (Gregg) Marshall and the entire coaching staff at Wichita State and the fans of Shocker Nation for all they have done for me," Keyser wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. "But at this point, I have decided to look at other opportunities to further my academic and basketball career."
Keyser, who was best known for his athletic pregame dunks, played in 18 games this season for WSU and averaged 7.1 minutes. His sophomore season was highlighted by a career-high 11 points that helped WSU defeat Tulane 93-86 on Feb. 21. He also missed the first four games of the season because of an unspecified suspension.
"I would like to thank Coach Marshall and the entire coaching staff at Wichita State and the fans of shocker nation for all they have done for me, but at this point I have decided to look at other opportunities to further my academic and basketball career," Keyser wrote on Twitter.
If Keyser, a Baltimore native, transfers to another Division I program, he will have to sit out a season and will be a redshirt junior for the 2019-20 season. He has not publicly stated where he intends to transfer yet.
WSU entered the spring knowing it would have to replace six graduating seniors, but had two more departures in sophomore guard Landry Shamet, who declared for the NBA Draft and plans to sign an agent, and now Keyser. Walk-ons Brett Barney and Kaelen Malone also intend to transfer.
That leaves five returning scholarship players for the 2018-19 season: seniors Markis McDuffie and Samajae Haynes-Jones, junior Austin Reaves, sophomore Asbjorn Midtgaard, and redshirt freshman Rod Brown.
WSU coach Gregg Marshall has a highly rated recruiting class coming in with guards Chance Moore and Erik Stevenson, and posts Morris Udeze, Isaiah Poor Bear Chandler, and Jaime Echenique.
Marshall will now have three scholarships at his disposal for the spring recruiting period. Unsigned recruits can sign their letters of intent from April 11-May 16.