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Forward Lance Thomas transferring from Louisville

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With Anas Mahmoud out of eligibility and Ray Spalding having made the decision to enter the 2018 NBA Draft, new Louisville head coach Chris Mack had some holes to fill in the front court ahead of his first season at the helm. There’s now another departure to account for, as it was announced Tuesday afternoon that 6-foot-8 forward Lance Thomas has decided to transfer.

Thomas, who will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at his next school, appeared in 12 games for the Cardinals last season and averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 4.2 minutes per game.

Losing Thomas may not appear to be a big deal based upon his production as a freshman. But, given the combination of player departures and misses on the recruiting trail this spring it can also be argued that Louisville is not in a position where it can afford any more personnel losses.

Louisville is now down to four scholarship players in the front court, wings V.J. King and Jordan Nwora and forwards Malik Williams and Steven Enoch, with Enoch eligible after sitting out last season after transferring in from UConn.

Williams made 12 starts as a freshman, averaging 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game, with King averaging 8.6 points per game and Nwora 5.7 points per game. Enoch played in 29 games at UConn during the 2016-17 season, averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per appearance.

UT-Martin lands former Pitt guard Parker Stewart

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In the aftermath of Kevin Stallings’ dismissal at Pittsburgh, many players on the roster took the opportunity to evaluate their options. One of those players was 6-foot-5 guard Parker Stewart, who as a freshman was one of the lone bright spots in what was a dismal season for the Panthers.

Stewart, who averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season, announced on Friday that he has decided to transfer to UT-Martin. With the move Stewart will play for his father, with Anthony Stewart having been the head coach at UT-Martin since 2016.

Stewart will have to sit out the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer rules, after which he will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Parker Stewart started 20 of the 32 games he played in as a freshman at Pitt, shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from three and 80.0 percent from the foul line. As noted above the 2017-18 season was an especially rough one for Pittsburgh, which finished the season with an 8-24 overall record and went winless against ACC competiion (0-18 regular season and a loss to Notre Dame in the conference tournament).

Stewart joins a UTM perimeter rotation that will have just one senior in 2018-19, DelFincko Bogan. Bogan averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game, making him the Skyhawks’ leading returning scorer.

West Virginia forward Teddy Allen to transfer

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While awaiting a decision from forward Sagaba Konate, who’s going through the NBA draft process without an agent, West Virginia lost a member of its front court rotation Thursday afternoon.

Teddy Allen, a 6-foot-5 forward who as a freshman played 12.1 minutes per game as a reserve, announced that he has received his release from West Virginia and will be transferring.

Allen averaged 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season, shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the foul line. His best offensive performance came in West Virginia’s win over Kansas State on New Year’s Day, as he scored 22 points (8-for-12 FG) in 19 minutes.

Allen would follow that up by scoring 20 points in a win over Oklahoma on January 6, but he would score in double figures just four more times the remainder of the season. Two of those double-digit scoring efforts came in the NCAA tournament, as Allen scored 16 points in West Virginia’s first round win over Murray State and ten against eventual national champion Villanova in the Sweet 16.

West Virginia has now lost two front court players to transfer since the end of the season, with Maciej Bender making the decision to move on as well.

However the cupboard won’t be bare, especially if Konate were to return for his junior season. Eas Ahmad announced earlier this week that he will return for his senior season, and Wesley Harris, Lamont West and Logan Routt all have eligibility remaining. West Virginia also adds two front court players as part of its 2018 recruiting class, junior college transfer Andrew Gordon and four-star freshman Derek Culver.

Report: PG Jordan Walker transferring from Seton Hall

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Having lost four seniors that led the program to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, Seton Hall entered the offseason knowing that it would have some major holes to fill in preparation for the 2018-19 campaign. Head coach Kevin Willard and his staff have even more work to do in the backcourt however, as the Pirates have bid farewell to two transfers this spring.

Wednesday afternoon it was reported by Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey that reserve point guard Jordan Walker has decided to transfer, joining fellow backup Eron Gordon as perimeter players who have moved on.

Walker, who at the start of the 2017-18 season was expected to serve as Khadeen Carrington’s primary backup, did not experience the smoothest of freshman years. Walker was sidelined during part of non-conference play due to torn ligaments in his hand, and after returning the 6-foot freshman briefly left the team due to frustrations over playing time.

Walker would appear in 17 games this past season, averaging 1.8 points in 7.6 minutes per game.

Walker’s decision to transfer isn’t a particularly surprising one, and it leaves Seton Hall with two scholarships to fill ahead of the 2018-19 season. The losses of Gordon and Walker hurt from a depth standpoint however, with more pressure falling upon the shoulders of Sacred Heart transfer Quincy McKnight (18.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg in 2016-17) and incoming freshman Anthony Nelson on the perimeter.

Seton Hall will need those two to hit the ground running, especially when considering who the Pirates lost due to graduation. Carrington, Angel Delgado (the Big East’s all-time leader in rebounds), Desi Rodriguez and Ishmael Sanogo were all incredibly important “building blocks” for a program in need of a boost when they arrived on campus in the summer of 2014. That quartet leaves campus having helped lead the Pirates to three consecutive NCAA tournament bids, something that had not been accomplished since the early 1990’s (four straight trips from 1991 to 1994).

As a result, the responsibility to keep things rolling in the right direction will largely fall upon the shoulders of Myles Powell (15.5 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.6 rpg) next season. But for as talented as Powell has proven to be, he’ll need some help. And if Seton Hall is to make it four straight trips to the NCAA tournament, the Pirates will need McKnight and Nelson to be the impact additions many expect them to be.

Milan Acquaah announces transfer from Washington State

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With Robert Franks going through the NBA draft process and promising guard Malachi Flynn transferring, Washington State could be in a position where it has to account for the loss of its top two players heading into the 2018-19 season. And Ernie Kent’s program will be down a player who could have helped in that regard, as guard Milan Acquaah announced Friday that he has decided to transfer.

Acquaah was a reserve for much of his freshman season in Pullman, starting nine of the 30 games in which he played. The 6-foot-3 Bakersfield, California native averaged 4.9 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game.

On the surface, the loss of Acquaah may not have an impact on par with that of Flynn due to the latter’s contributions as a scorer and distributor. However, when added to Flynn’s departure this is another tough blow for Washington State to absorb. Viont’e Daniels (9.0 ppg) and Carter Skaggs (8.3 ppg) both have eligibility remaining, but Acquaah’s departure means that the Cougars will have to account for the loss of four of its top six scorers if Franks were to keep his name in the NBA draft pool.

After getting off to a 6-0 start, which included three wins in the Wooden Legacy, Washington State struggled for the remainder of the season and finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 12-19 record (4-14 Pac-12).

Guard DeSean Murray leaving Auburn program

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Tuesday evening a key contributor on an Auburn team that won a share of the SEC regular season title announced that he was on the move, as guard DeSean Murray will be leaving the program. In his announcement Murray said that playing professionally or at another Division I school as a grad transfer are both possibilities at this point in time. Murray is due to graduate later this spring.

In his lone season at Auburn the 6-foot-5 Murray made 34 starts, averaging 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game. Murray shot 45.5 percent from the field and 84.0 percent from the foul line, and he also dished out 1.7 assists per game.

Murray’s presence on the wing helped Auburn account for the loss of Danjel Purifoy, who like teammate Austin Wiley was ruled ineligible for the season in connection with the still-ongoing FBI investigation into corruption and bribes in college basketball. Purifoy, who averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 2016-17, will be eligible to play for the Tigers next season.

Murray’s second and final season at Presbyterian was his best pre-transfer, as he averaged 20.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.