Less than two weeks after Kevin Kaspar made the decision to leave the program in order to pursue professional opportunities in his native Turkey at the end of the semester, Western Kentucky incurred another personnel loss Friday. According to Zach Greenwell of the Bowling Green Daily News, junior Ayinde Sprewell has requested to be released from his scholarship.
Sprewell played in just three of WKU’s first seven games, averaging 0.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per contest. The hope of having a more substantial role is the reason why Sprewell has made the decision to transfer.
Three of WKU’s top four players in minutes played, T.J. Price, Chris Harrison-Docks and Trency Jackson, are guards with Price and Harrison-Docks both playing more than 31 minutes per game. With that being the case, minutes proved to be tougher to come by for Sprewell.
According to Greenwell’s report, while WKU head coach Ray Harper was hopeful that Sprewell could earn more time as the season progressed he also made note of the fact that Sprewell was still figuring things out.
“The other kid that we think has a chance, and we’re trying to get him to come along is Sprewell,” Harper said following the team’s game against Murray State on Sunday. “He’s probably more gifted than the other guys, but he’s still trying to figure some things out, especially on the defensive end.”
Western Kentucky, which is 3-4 on the season, plays at Ole Miss on Saturday.