Kyle Washington to transfer
NC State sophomore post player Kyle Washington is leaving the men's basketball program Wednesday as first reported by The Wolfpacker.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Washington will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be sitting out next year per NCAA transfer rules. He started 18 games and averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game for the 22-14 Wolfpack.
Washington fell out of the starting lineup Feb. 14 in the 74-65 win at Louisville and didn't play at all vs. Virginia Tech on Feb. 21 and at Clemson on March 3. However, he did come alive when called upon in the NCAA Tournament. He had nine points and four rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench in the 66-65 comeback win over LSU in the NCAA Tournament on March 19, and then had 11 points in nine minutes in the 75-65 loss to Louisville in the Sweet 16 on March 27.
Washington had a pair of double-doubles for points and rebounds against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 23, and at Virginia on Jan. 7, and scored at least 10 points in nine contests. Washington scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the 66-61 road loss at Purdue on Dec. 2, and later matched his points total with 17 in the 81-79 loss vs. UNC on Jan. 17.
Rivals.com ranked Washington, who is from Champlin, Minn., the No. 93 overall player in the class of 2013. The Howard Pulley traveling team product attended Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy for his post-graduate season, and picked NC State over Washington, Ohio State and Iowa State.
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Washington earned a starting spot for 25 games his freshman year, and averaged 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game.
NC State returns starting post players Lennard Freeman, a sophomore center, and freshman power forward Abdul-Malik Abu, plus backup center BeeJay Anya. NCSU has six scholarships remaining for the class of 2015, and or transfers.