CORVALLIS — Sophomore forward Ben Kone has decided to transfer from the Oregon State men’s basketball team, coach Wayne Tinkle announced Wednesday.
Kone played in 39 games over the past two seasons for the Beavers. He averaged 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game.
Kone missed the first nine games of his freshman season after recovering from a high school ACL tear in his left knee. He also missed nine games this past season because of injury.
“We want to thank Ben for all of his hard work during his two years at Oregon State,” Tinkle said in a school news release. “We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
Newman going to the NBA
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Malik Newman plans to leave Kansas and enter the NBA draft after leading the Jayhawks to the Final Four in his only season playing for them.
The sophomore guard says Wednesday he plans to sign with an agent.
Newman sat out the 2016-17 season after transferring from Mississippi State and started 33 of 39 games this season, earning Big 12 newcomer of the year honors. He was at his best in the postseason, averaging 24 points in the Big 12 Tournament and 21.6 in the NCAA Tournament, including a career-high 32 points in the overtime victory over Duke in the Midwest Region final.
Miami guard turns pro
MIAMI — Miami Hurricanes freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV says he’s turning pro.
Walker announced Wednesday on Twitter that he’ll hire an agent, which would prevent him from returning to the Hurricanes, and plans to enter the NBA draft. Many projections list him as a lottery pick.