MANHATTAN — Michael Orris signed up to play for Bruce Weber at Illinois and followed him to Kansas State, but the freshman guard will finish his college basketball career playing for another coach.
Orris, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Crete, Ill., will transfer after one season with the Wildcats, the school announced Monday morning.
“Michael has decided to leave K-State,” Weber said in a statement released by K-State. “Over the past week, he and I have had several discussions about his future and he thinks this gives him the best chance to be successful. He is a quality young man who I have known for a long time, so I wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward with his life.”
Orris played sparingly this season, coming off the bench in 15 games as K-State’s fifth guard option while averaging less than a point.
“I have really enjoyed my time at K-State,” Orris said in a statement released by K-State. “It is difficult to leave my friends, teammates and coaches, but I think this decision is the best for my future in basketball. I will always be appreciative of the opportunity given to me by Coach Weber to come here and the support by all those involved at K-State.”
The departure leaves the Wildcats with an extra scholarship to use for their 2013 recruiting class. They have two available. One is expected to go to power forward Neville Fincher, who committed to K-State in January. The other will likely go to a guard. K-State coaches have been actively recruiting 2013 targets for weeks in anticipation of a transfer.