Kenny Kaminski has found a landing spot, as the former top 150 forward is headed to Athens to become a member of the Ohio Bobcats.
The news was first reported by the Athens Messenger.
Kaminski was the No. 113 recruit in the country as a senior in high school, enrolling at Michigan State before sitting out the 2012-2013 season with a shoulder injury. He averaged 4.9 points and shot 49% from three this past season, but he was dismissed from the Spartan program for what head coach Tom Izzo termed “repeatedly [failing] to meet the necessary obligations” of a student-athlete.
Kaminski will reportedly apply for a waiver to receive immediate eligibility with the Bobcats. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining but only three years left to use up that eligibility.
With Adreian Payne out of eligibility, Michigan State was in need of front court players capable of stepping forward in 2014-15. One possible option was Kenny Kaminski, who scored 4.9 points in just over 12 minutes of action per game. A “stretch four,” the 6-foot-8 Kaminski shot 51 percent from the field and 49.4% from beyond the arc in 2013-14.
What Kaminski would be able to do under Tom Izzo with more playing time won’t be learned however, as the rising redshirt sophomore announced via his Twitter account Saturday afternoon that he’s no longer a member of the Michigan State program.
On two separate occasions last season, Kaminski was suspended by Izzo for “failing to take care of business” academically, with the second suspension being levied on December 14. Kaminski missed a total of six games last season for disciplinary reasons.
With Kaminski no longer in the picture, senior Branden Dawson and junior Matt Costello are Michigan State’s most experienced front court players. The Spartans add Marvin Clark, a 6-foot-7 forward who will now (in theory) have more opportunities to step forward and earn immediate playing time. With the top three scorers from a team that won the Big Ten tournament title and reached the Elite Eight having moved on (guards Keith Appling and Gary Harris being the others), Dawson (11.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and guards Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice are Michigan State’s top three returnees in 2014-15.
The question of who steps forward to help those three is a key one for Michigan State going into 2014-15. Kaminski was one of the possible options, but thanks to his depature the Spartans will need to find additional depth elsewhere.