Guard Daishon Smith is transferring from Wichita State, Smith confirmed in a text message.
Smith, a senior-to-be from Jacksonville, Fla., started 12 games. He put together his best stretch starting in late November, highlighted by scoring 13 points against Michigan State, 13 against Oklahoma and 13 against Drake.
“I enjoyed my time here in Wichita,” Smith said in a news release. “I loved the fans and the coaching staff.”
WSU coach Gregg Marshall pointed to a desire for more playing time as Smith’s motivation.
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“I think the emergence of Landry Shamet at the point guard caused him to question how much he would be playing as a senior, behind a guy who will probably end up in the NBA,” Marshall said in a news release.
The performance against Oklahoma featured a memorable dunk late in the game. He scored all 13 of his points in the final 8:28 of that win in Oklahoma City.
Smith lost his starting spot after a loss at Illinois State and never regained it. Conner Frankamp replaced him in the lineup and Shamet took over most of the ball-handling duties. That duo worked well together and Smith’s playing time dipped for the remainder of the season.
Smith averaged 4.8 points in 36 games. He averaged 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
“We wish Daishon nothing but the best,” Marshall said in the news release. “He did everything that we asked him to do, on and off the court. He’s a great teammate.”
Smith’s departure gives Wichita State an open scholarship that coaches could use for the 2017-18 season.
Smith spent one season at WSU after transferring from Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College.
He will have one season of eligibility remaining and must sit out a season if he attends an NCAA Division I school. Smith said he has not compiled a list of possible destinations.