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Northwestern sophomore Kale Abrahamson to transfer

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Northwestern sophomore shooter Kale Abrahamson has opted to transfer out of the Big Ten program, the school announced in a release on Monday. Abrahamson appeared in all 65 games of his Northwestern career the past two seasons and averaged 15.4 minutes per game this season while shooting 36 percent from the three-point line.

The 6-foot-7 Abrahamson gave the Wildcats some key minutes during the Northwestern’s successful stretch of play in the Big Ten this season but never seemed to fit into Chris Collins’ new system.

”Kale let us know that he would like to seek an opportunity to continue his playing career and his studies at another institution. We are appreciative of all of his efforts during his time at Northwestern and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said in the release.

Abrahamson will have two years of eligibility left after this season.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Northwestern. I’ve made some lifelong friends, and the support from the fans and my teammates has been unbelievable. It’s time for me to look for a better opportunity, but I’ll never forget what I’ve learned and all the memories I’ve made here at NU,” Abrahamson said in the release.

With five new recruits coming in next season, Collins is quickly re-doing the Northwestern roster so that it fits his more uptempo style of play after previous head coach Bill Carmody ran a Princeton offense. Abrahamson is the third player to transfer out of the program since Collins took over, joining forward Mike Turner and center Chier Ajou. Look for Northwestern to seek graduate transfers or other transfers this coming offseason as Collins continues to rebuild.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.