MANHATTAN, Kan. | What was once a rumor became reality Wednesday as Ron Anderson revealed his intentions to transfer out of Kansas State’s basketball program.
“I’m not trying to talk too much about what happened,” said the 6-foot-8 forward from Upper Marlboro, Md. “I just felt like it was time for me to go.”
K-State agreed to release Anderson from his scholarship weeks ago, he said.
Anderson averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game during his sophomore season for the Wildcats, who finished the 2008-09 season with a 22-12 record. He will have two seasons of eligibility at another university, and he isn’t certain where he’ll land.
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Anderson said he has taken one visit, and a couple of others are lined up. He declined to identify schools.
His departure provides a small measure of clarity to the program’s personnel picture.
Last year, the NCAA unveiled its academic progress report findings and K-State was sanctioned with the loss of a scholarship for the 2008-09 season. The Wildcats had 12 scholarships at their disposal, and Connecticut transfer Curtis Kelly took the program’s last slot with his arrival last July.
The sanctions applied for one season only, and with Darren Kent being the lone senior on this year’s team, that meant there were two open scholarships for 2009-10. Nevertheless, Frank Martin and his staff signed a touted recruiting class consisting of four players, led by McDonald’s All-American Wally Judge.
Now, after Anderson’s transfer, K-State is one over its available scholarship number.
Anderson said a potential minutes crunch with the influx of so much talent didn’t prompt this move.
“Not at all,” he said.
Asked if there was a falling-out with the coaches, Anderson said, “As far as me with the coaches, that’s something you’d have to ask them. I can’t speak for them. But it hurts me to leave a good program. I love the coaching staff, and I love my brothers on the team.”
He said his family hopes he finds a school closer to home, and Anderson doesn’t have a preference.
“I feel like the program I go to I’ll be successful in,” he said. “If that means a BCS school, I’ll be blessed. If it’s a high mid-major, I’d go in there, compete and we’d win games.”
Anderson helped the Wildcats win 43 games in the past two seasons. The highlight of his collegiate career had to be when he scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in K-State’s 80-67 victory against Southern California in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
“There’s nothing wrong at all,” he said. “I’m very happy. ... It’s always an anxious decision, what’s in store. But I’m excited. You keep an open mind and go from here.”