Wichita State walk-on turned scholarship recipient announces departure

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Wichita State walk-on turned scholarship recipient announces departure

Wichita State guard Eli Farrakhan takes 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.)

Wichita State guard Eli Farrakhan takes 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.)

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Wichita State guard Eli Farrakhan takes 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.)

Joseph Barringhaus

Joseph Barringhaus

Wichita State guard Eli Farrakhan takes 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.)

Eli Farrakhan will not return to Wichita State next season.

“Loved my time being here but I have to do what’s best for me and my future,” Farrakhan wrote in a Twitter post early Thursday morning.

Farrakhan originally was put on scholarship after the departure of Chance Moore in December. He becomes the third Shocker to announce transfer in a week, following Ricky Torres and Rod Brown. 

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Wichita State guard Eli Farrakhan dribbles down the court during their game against the University of Oklahoma at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Dec. 8, 2018.

Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall has already filled the vacancies left open by Torres and Brown, with freshman Grant Sherfield, a four-star recruit, and junior college transfer Trey Wade.

Farrakhan’s absence does not open any remaining scholarships for next season, as three scholarships were already occupied by fall signees. Wichita State graduated two seniors, and Farrakhan’s return to walk-on status would have resolved the scholarship overflow for next year’s squad.

None of Wichita State’s three transfers — Torres, Brown and Farrakhan — have yet to announce transfer destinations.