Citing homesickness, guard JayQuan McCloud left the Murray State program in mid-October before he’d even had the opportunity to suit up in a game for Steve Prohm’s program. According to a report Saturday, the North Chicago (Illinois) Community HS product has found his new school.
According to Scott Burgess of Prep Hoops Illinois, McCloud has decided to transfer to Milwaukee.
As a high school senior the 6-foot-4 McCloud averaged 18.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. The Panthers lose two senior guards at the end of the current season, Evan Richard and Steve McWhorter, with McWhorter (14.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) currently leading the team in both points and rebounds.
Murray State has yet to play a game this season and head coach Steve Prohm is already having to deal with a player departure. According to Jeff Bidwell of WPSD Local 6 News, Prohm announced Wednesday that freshman guard JayQuan McCloud has decided to transfer. Prohm cited homesickness as the reason for McCloud’s decision, and the North Chicago (Illinois) Community HS product will finish the fall semester before transferring.
Prohm said this situation has been going on for a few weeks. Prohm recently met with McCloud and his family as they tried to figure out a way for the freshman to stay with the Racers, but that did not happen.
Murray State returns four starters from last season’s CollegeInsider.com tournament champions, including sophomore guard Cameron Payne and senior forward Jarvis Williams. The Racers won’t lack for options as they look to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012, but McCloud was expected to help them from a depth standpoint.
Murray State has just one senior amongst its backcourt options, with that player being T.J. Sapp (13.3 ppg in 2013-14).
h/t Chicago Hoops