Wichita State freshman guard Kenny Manigualt is leaving the men's basketball program.
"I have decided to leave Wichita State for personal reasons in order to get back closer to home," Manigault said in a news release. "It was fun playing for Coach (Gregg) Marshall and Wichita State. I'll really miss the atmosphere and the support of the fans."
Manigault was the most highly touted member of the freshman class. However, he rarely played. His lack of shooting and ball-handling skills kept him from earning minutes at point guard. Classmate Demetric Williams won the backup duties early in the season and continued to improve.
Manigault was never able to unseat him. He played in 16 games, averaging 1.6 points and 7.2 minutes.
"We want to wish Kenny the absolute best as he finishes his college career and beyond," Marshall said in a release.
His departure opens a scholarship, a scenario coaches prepared for with recruiting visits. Forward Andre Roberson, from San Antonio's Wagner High, recently visited WSU.
Manigault did not return a phone call requesting further comment.
Clemson hires Grant _ Assistant coach Earl Grant is leaving WSU for Clemson, where he will join the staff of recently hired Brad Brownell.
Grant is the first assistant to leave Marshall's staff. He coached three seasons at Winthrop with Marshall before coming to WSU in 2007.
"I knew I could only leave Wichita State for the right opportunity and I found that in Clemson," Grant said in a news release. "It was an opportunity it come home and coach in the ACC, which was too hard to pass up."
Grant is a native of Charleston, S.C.