3 players leaving Arizona State basketball program
TEMPE, Ariz. — Guards Calaen Robinson and Egor Koulechov and forward Brandan Kearney are leaving the Arizona State basketball program.
All three were reserves for an ASU team that went 21-12 and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years. The Sun Devils are scheduled to lose four starters — seniors Jordan Bachynski, Jermaine Marshall and Shaquielle McKissic, and sophomore point guard Jahii Carson, who has said he will make himself eligible for the NBA Draft — although McKissic has appealed to the NCAA for an additional year of eligibility.
Koulechov, a freshman, started seven games for the Sun Devils and averaged 3.7 points per game. Kearney, who sat out the fall semester after transferring in from Michigan State, played in 19 games and averaged 1.2 points. Robinson, a redshirt freshman who led Corona del Sol to a state championship in 2012, played in 20 games as a backup to Carson and averaged 1.6 ponits.
Herb Sendek’s chief assistant, Eric Musselman, also is leaving the program. He will be replaced by Barret Peery, head coach at Indian Hills Community College.
As of now, the top returnees for next season are forwards Jonathan Gilling and Eric Jacobsen and guards Bo Barnes and Chance Murray, who combined to average 17 points per game.
Sendek has already signed a class of five recruits, including junior college guards Gerry Blakes and Roosevelt Scott and four-star high school point guard Tra Holder. It would not be surprise if additional players are brought in — perhaps including a graduate transfer who would be immediately eligible, such as Marshall was this past season after he completed his degree at Penn State.