Oregon forward Keith Smith announced Tuesday that he will transfer after his sophomore season.
The 6-foot-7 Smith averaged 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds and played in 35 of 36 games for the Ducks as a sophomore. He missed Oregonís 99-86 victory over Rider in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament with a hip injury suffered in the Pac-12 Tournament, but returned to get two points and two rebounds in eight minutes during a 101-92 loss to Marquette in the second round of the NIT.
Smith, from Seattle, missed much of his freshman season with a knee injury. He returned late in the season and played in all five of Oregonís NCAA Tournament games as the Ducks reached the Final Four.
Smith averaged 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds in 27 games during his first season.
In the second game of his sophomore season, Smith scored a career-high nine points, making all four shots from the field in Oregonís 100-67 victory over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 13. His career-high three assists came in a 73-70 loss to Boise State on Dec. 1, and one week later, he had a career-high six rebounds in a 95-65 victory over Colorado State.
Smith shot 46.6 percent from the field as a sophomore with 15 steals and six blocked shots. He earned a reputation as one of Oregonís top defenders, often called upon to buoy Oregonís full-court press.
Smith will have to sit out a season and will have two seasons left to play if he transfers to a Division I school.
Smithís departure, which came on the same day freshman Troy Brown announced he would enter the NBA draft, leaves the Ducks with three scholarships available for next season.
ó Steve Mims