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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Juevol Myles leaving K-State basketball team

BY KELLIS ROBINETT
The Wichita Eagle

MANHATTAN — Add Juevol Myles to the list of Kansas State roster changes.

The sophomore guard, who joined the Wildcats last offseason as a transfer from Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, has decided to leave the program.

"He is transferring so he can get back closer to home," said Ro Russell, who is the president of Grassroots Canada basketball and coached Myles at the AAU level. "He had a sickness in the family and he wants to come home."

Myles is from the Toronto area. Russell said he will try to transfer to a Division I school in a northern state within driving distance of his family.

"He's going to finish the semester and then go from there," Russell said. "He won't be making any final decisions until sometime in June. He has to finish out the semester and figure out what kind of opportunities are out there at a school that is close to home."

Myles played sparingly during his lone season with the Wildcats. He played in 19 games and averaged 2.1 points. He originally signed with Louisiana Tech out of high school, but because of international eligibility issues with the NCAA clearinghouse, he ended up going the junior college route as a freshman.

Before landing at K-State, he took a recruiting visit to George Washington and had interest from Oklahoma and Nebraska.

"He was intent on staying there to finish out his career, but sometimes there are more important things in life than basketball," Russell said. "Family comes first. He's disappointed to leave the players and coaches that he likes, but he will find another school that he's fond of."

Myles' decision to transfer comes a day after fellow sophomore guard Nick Russell told the Eagle he plans to transfer. Their departures leave K-State with one open scholarship, which could be filled by Washington State transfer James Watson, who the Wildcats have been actively recruiting throughout the spring.

Seward guard Jeremy Jones, St. John's transfer Omari Lawrence and Miami point guard Angel Rodriguez signed with K-State last week.

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