When Austin Trice enrolled at Kansas State last summer, some viewed the junior forward as the missing piece for a basketball team that returned its entire starting lineup but needed more size, depth and rebounding.
Trice was unable to live up to that billing, though, and has now decided to transfer after one season in Manhattan.
“We appreciate Austin’s contributions to our basketball program,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said in a statement Friday, “and wish him the best of luck as he pursues his playing career at another institution.”
Trice is a 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward from Chicago. He came to K-State after starting his college basketball career in junior college, where he averaged 12.6 points and 12.1 rebounds as a sophomore.
But his production dipped considerably with the Wildcats. Trice saw action in 28 games last season and averaged 1.9 points and 2.5 rebounds.
More was expected from him when he chose K-State over Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Florida and Washington State last year.
Trice had his moments in a K-State uniform, including when he grabbed 12 rebounds against Kennesaw State and a dozen more against Oklahoma State. But he lacked consistency.
His playing time diminished as the season went on, and he was barely in the rotation during conference play. Weber chose not to play him at all in five different games.
Trice will now look for a fresh start elsewhere.
He is the second player to depart the K-State basketball team this spring, giving the Wildcats two scholarships to recruit with this spring. Freshman guard Goodnews Kpegeol announced plans to transfer earlier this month.