Michigan State is losing a key backup guard to a transfer as news broke that sophomore Brandan Kearney has decided to leave the program to pursue a fresh start somewhere else.
The Spartans have had a set rotation of about eight or nine guys and Kearney was in the mix, averaging close to 17 minutes a game this season, but his production just wasn’t there.
He appeared in all 13 of the Spartans(11-2) games this season, but averaged just 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds while shooting a horrific 27 percent from the field and an even worse 19 percent from three-point range.
Head coach Tom Izzo made the announcement of Kearney’s decision after today’s practice:
“Brandan Kearney came back from Christmas break and informed me it was in his best interests to pursue other avenues in his basketball career at a place he can play a larger role. We wish him good luck in his future endeavors.”
Brandan Kearney also released a statement of his own regarding his decision to leave:
“I’m thankful to Michigan State and the basketball program for the opportunity they gave me. I wish them the best of luck with the rest of their season. I wish my teammates – every single one of them – all the best as individuals and as a team. I just think it’s best for me to get a fresh start and play elsewhere.”
This is a tough blow for the Spartans but could open up some extra minutes to role players such as Russell Byrd, Matt Costello or even Alex Gauna. Any way you look at it, however, the Spartans are losing some much-needed guard play with Gary Harris, Keith Appling and Travis Trice now being their primary guards.