Arizona State redshirt freshman post player Andre Adams will not return to the program in 2017-18.
Adams, who averaged 5.7 minutes in 14 games last season for the Sun Devils, is expected to consider transfer options in coming weeks according to a source.
When he was able to play, Adams provided a serviceable role off the bench for the Sun Devils. But two surgical procedures needed to repair the ACL in his left knee have left Adams with persistent physical challenges.
With limited frontcourt options for the Sun Devils, Adams played 12 or more minutes against Washington State, USC and Stanford in the second half of the Pac-12 schedule. But in other games, he wasn't able to play at all.
A former local standout player at Westview High in Avondale, Adams suffered his first ACL injury at IMG Academy in Florida, where he was spending a year in prep school. It ultimately forced him to sit out the next two seasons of basketball.
Adams is the second post player who won't return to play next season at ASU. Recently it was learned that freshman Jethro Tshisumpa, who was suspended by ASU coaches in late January during the Washington road trip, would not return.
The Sun Devils will be adding a lot in the way of frontcourt size next season. Romello White, a 6-foot-8 post player, Vitaliy Shibel, a 6-foot-9 stretch four man, and Mickey Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 forward, sat out last season while practicing at ASU. The program will also be adding 6-foot-8 post Kenny Wooten and 6-foot-10 junior college center De'Quon Lake this summer.
ASU coach Bobby Hurley has two unfilled scholarships that can be allocated for his 2017-18 roster. It appears the Sun Devils will attempt to sign a post player who is eligible for the upcoming season, and the best available wing they can sign.