Austin Reaves granted release

Wichita State will return just four scholarship players — Markis McDuffie, Samajae Haynes-Jones, Rod Brown, and Asbjørn Midtgaard — next season.


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Wichita State guard Austin Reaves (12) shoots the ball during the First Round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in San Diego.

Wichita State has granted release to sophomore guard Austin Reaves, sources told early Thursday morning.

Wichita State confirmed Reaves requested release from the program. He will have to sit one year before using his two remaining years of eligibility.

Reaves is the latest of a series of Shockers to be granted release from the program. Including Reaves, two scholarship players and two walk-ons are leaving the program. Following the departure of six graduating seniors, sophomore point guard Landry Shamet announced that he would enter the NBA Draft.

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Wichita State guard Austin Reaves hits a three-pointer Saturday in Koch Arena.

C.J. Keyser, Brett Barney, and Kaelen Malone all announced their transfers a few weeks ago. Keyser was on scholarship, while Barney and Malone were each walk-ons to the team.

Alex Lomax, a four-star point guard from Memphis, was granted release from his letter of intent after Memphis announced his AAU coach Penny Hardaway as the Tigers’ new head coach.

Following Reaves’ departure, the Shockers will return just four scholarship players. That list includes senior guard Samajae Haynes-Jones, senior forward Markis McDuffie, redshirt freshman Rod Brown, and sophomore forward Asbjørn Midtgaard. Brown redshirted this last season, and McDuffie played half only the second half of the season after recovering from a stress fracture.

Currently, WSU has six incoming freshmen committed to join the Shockers in the fall. Dexter Dennis, who signed a national letter of intent late last week, is WSU’s first commit of the spring signing period.

Reaves, a 6-foot-5 guard from Arkansas, is a career 45 percent three-point shooter. He averaged eight points per game his sophomore season. Reaves tied a program record during his sophomore season, hitting seven three-pointers in a first-half performance against Tulsa.