Adrian Diaz leaves Kansas State basketball

04/08/2013 4:57 PM

04/08/2013 4:58 PM

Adrian Diaz has played his last basketball game at Kansas State. The sophomore forward has decided to transfer in hopes of joining a program closer to his home in Miami, K-State announced on Monday.

“Adrian has made the decision to leave K-State,” coach Bruce Weber said in a statement released by the school. “After visiting with his family the past few weeks, he has expressed an interest in playing closer to his home in Miami. Although I’m disappointed that he is leaving, we wish him the best with his future. It has been a pleasure having him in the program.”

Diaz, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward, will try to jumpstart his college basketball career after two unproductive years as a reserve. With the Wildcats, he averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds while playing in 49 games.

Former coach Frank Martin used his south Florida connections to recruit Diaz out of high school. He played under Weber as a sophomore and appeared to fit into Weber’s system early on, receiving positive reviews from the coaching staff leading up to the season. But that success didn’t translate to games, and he rarely played once K-State switched to a four-guard lineup.

“This has been a tough decision,” Diaz said in a statement released by K-State. “However, after talking with my family, I would like to continue my basketball career closer to home. I have really loved my time at K-State and will miss my coaches and teammates.”

Weber said he saw promise in Diaz during his final news conference of the season two weeks ago. With enough development, and possibly a redshirt season, Weber said Diaz had the skills to help K-State inside as an upperclassman.

But Diaz decided to try and improve elsewhere.

Diaz joins freshman guard Michael Orris as the second player to seek a transfer from K-State since the season ended. Their departures leave K-State with three free scholarships to use for the 2013 recruiting class. One is expected to go to power forward Neville Fincher, who committed in January.

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