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Wichita State forward Rod Brown announces plans to transfer after freshman season

Forward Rod Brown announced on his Twitter account on Thursday evening that he is transferring from the Wichita State men’s basketball program following his redshirt freshman season.

The program held meetings this week between the players and coaches to discuss the past season and the future. Brown’s announcement to transfer comes one day after guard Ricky Torres also announced he was transferring for his senior season.

In 36 games this past season, Brown averaged 1.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game. The Memphis native came to Wichita State hailed as a three-star prospect by Rivals and a four-star prospect by ESPN.

While redshirting his first year in the program, Brown was tutored by seniors Rashard Kelly and Zach Brown. Rod Brown took close note of how Kelly pursued rebounds and tried to replicate that this past season for the Shockers and focus on being a solid defender.

During his redshirt year, Brown added 30 pounds of muscle onto his 6-foot-6 frame while working closely with strength and conditioning coach Kerry Roosenboom. Brown played this past season at 215 pounds.

But Brown struggled to find a role for the Shockers last season. He was a touch undersized to guard the post at 6-6 and 215 and his outside shot is still a work in progress, so it was difficult to play him on the perimeter.

Brown was 13 of 41 shooting (31.7 percent) this season and 1 of 8 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc. He did record a career-high nine rebounds, including four offensive rebounds, in WSU’s 73-57 win over East Carolina on March 14.

The departures of Torres and Brown leave WSU with two available scholarships for the upcoming season. The Shockers host a pair of highly-regarded recruits this weekend in top-150 combo guard Grant Sherfield and junior-college wing Trey Wade.

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