According to a report, Rutgers sophomore forward Malick Kone will transfer from the university.
Kone, a 6-foot-5 forward from Conakry, Guinea, averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game this past season. The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports Alex Kline:
A source tells me that Malick Kone is transferring out of Rutgers & Ibby Djimde is transferring out of Illinois.
— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) March 29, 2013
Kone averaged just over ten minutes per game this season, but did appear in 28 of 31 contests. Kone scored a career-high 17 points back on Nov. 20 in a win over Boston University. Kone was 8-of-10 from the field in that game.
There are no other details on Kone’s plan from here other than the news that he plans on transferring from the university. Rutgers and head coach Mike Rice are welcoming back a solid group of player next season as they hope to improve in 2013-14. Dane Miller andAustin Johnson are the only graduating seniors off this year’s roster.
Rice will be entering his fourth season as head coach at Rutgers next year and the team has yet to finish above .500 since he took over the program prior to the start of the 2010-11 season.
The turnaround will need to begin progressing forward next year if Rice wants to avoid the hot seat at Rutgers.
As for Kone, we will wait and see what the wing decides to do from here. He will likely be forced to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules.
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