Rod Brown will enter NCAA transfer pool


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Rod Brown loads up on the bus on the way to the game on March 14, 2019. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower.)

Rod Brown is entering the NCAA transfer pool.

The redshirt freshman forward will not return to Wichita State next season, he announced via Twitter Thursday evening.

His absence, joined by junior Ricky Torres, who announced his transfer Wednesday night, opens two spots for Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall to fill. Brown would have likely struggled to find playing time behind Teddy Allen, who will become eligible next season, Dexter Dennis, and newcomer DeAntoni Gordon.

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Wichita State forward Rod Brown takes a shot in warmups before the game on April 2, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower).

Marshall said earlier this week that Gordon will commend playing time at the power-forward position.

“We’re going to need him (Gordon) to be a four next year …  We’ll play Teddy (Allen) at the four, Dexter (Dennis) at the four some. And we’ve got Rod Brown, too,” Marshall said, almost hinting at Brown’s pending departure.

Brown scored 41 points and had 48 rebounds in 36 games this season. He played reserve minutes behind Wichita State senior Markis McDuffie. Brown, a freshman from Cordova, Tennessee, reclassified to join the Shockers a year early. He ended up taking a redshirt season his first year, and never locked down sufficient playing time in the team’s stacked rotation.

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Wichita State freshman Rod Brown goes up for a shot during the second half of the game against East Carolina on March 14, 2019 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower.)

His career is accentuated by a career-best nine rebounds against East Carolina late in the Shockers’ season. His 6-point scoring best came against conference-leader Houston.

Wichita State is hosting Grant Sherfield, a four-star recruit who was granted release from his letter of intent from UCLA, on an official visit Friday. According to reports, Wichita State is still in play for the highly sought after recruit who played this season at Sunrise Christian Academy.

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Wichita State’s Rod Brown walks on the team plane headed to New York for the NIT semifinals on March 31, 2019. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower).