FORT COLLINS -- Colorado State sophomore forward Braden Koelliker has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer, the school announced in a press release Thursday afternoon.
“I want to thank the entire community of Fort Collins and all those involved with Colorado State,” Koelliker said in the press release. “I’ve had an incredible experience being here and learning from such experienced and professional people. It’s in the best interest for me and my family to transfer from Colorado State University as we are looking to move closer to home. I have the utmost respect for the basketball program, my teammates, and the coaching staff and hope the absolute best for them in the future.”
The Kaysville, Utah native appeared in all 36 games this season, averaging 4.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game. Koelliker, a transfer from Snow Junior College, scored a season-high 21 points in CSU's season-opening win against New Mexico State, but struggled to find his role in the offense for the better part of the non-conference schedule, seeing his minutes drop with the emergence of junior forward Che Bob. Koelliker saw his role increase when Bob, Kimani Jackson and Devocio Butler were ruled academically ineligible for the second semester, leaving the Rams with just seven scholarship players.
“We really appreciate everything Braden has done in his time here at Colorado State,” CSU head coach Larry Eustachy said. “He was a significant contributor to our success this year and a great teammate and student here at CSU. We wish him all the best with the next phase of his life and in all his future endeavors.”
Koelliker's transfer leaves Colorado State with one known open scholarship for the 2017-18 season after the Rams signed South Plains Junior College guard Raquan Mitchell in November.
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