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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Austin Reaves granted release

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

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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.

Matt Crow

Matt Crow

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 Rivals.com 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.

 

 

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  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves (12) dribbles around a Marshall defender during the First Round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in San Diego.

  • Austin Reaves fights for the ball in the American Conference Tournament quarter-finals.

  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves moves the ball down the court against Southern Methodist guard Jahmal McMurray during the second half at Moody Coliseum.

  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves looks around a Cincinnati defender Sunday against Cincinnati.

  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves shoots against Temple forward De'Vondre Perry during the first half at Koch Arena.

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  • Wichita State Shockers celebrates with Wichita State guard Austin Reaves, right, after Reaves finished the first half 7-8 from beyond the arc against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Koch Arena.

  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves sits on the bench before being announced at the game against the UCF Knights at Koch Arena.

  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves drains a three point basket over Tulsa guard Corey Henderson Jr. during the first half at Koch Arena.

  • South Florida guard David Collins shoots over Wichita State guard Austin Reaves during the second half in Koch Arena.

  • South Florida guard Terrence Samuel moves down court while Wichita State guard Austin Reaves keeps his eyes on the ball after tumbling during the first half in Koch Arena.

  • Wichita State Shockers guard Austin Reaves fouls Henderson State Kaylon Tappin during the exhibition opener in Koch Arena.

  • Wichita State Shockers guard Austin Reaves drives in for a layup during the game against College of Charleston in Koch arena.

  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves (12) celebrates a dunk during the Shockers win over Indiana State on Saturday afternoon. Reaves scored 11 points during the victory. (Jan. 21, 2017)

  • Austin Reaves rises for a dunk on a fast break in Friday's game.

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  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves pauses during Saturday's game against UConn.

  • Wichita State center Asbjorn Midtgaard attempts to block a shot while Wichita State guard Austin Reaves fouls Houston guard Wes VanBeck during the second half in Koch Arena.

  • Wichita State freshman Austin Reaves (12) hits a 3-pointer.

  • Wichita State guard Austin Reaves goes for a dunk after a success steal against the Indiana Sycamores in the first half at Koch Arena. (Jan. 21, 2017)

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