The JUCO transfer from Northeast Community College in Nebraska arrived in Ames in the spring hoping for a scoring role off the bench. Bluford averaged 5.4 minutes per contest with a scoring average of 2.7 points per game (and a three-point percentage of 27.8 on 5-for-18 shooting).
"I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Hoiberg and Iowa State University provided me," Bluford said in the press release. "I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck the rest of the season."
Said Hoiberg: "[K.J.] has elected to transfer to find a program that will allow him more playing time."
No. 14 Iowa State's short bench shrinks some with the transfer. Of 13 allotted scholarships per NCAA program, the Cyclones have 10 eligible. Abdel Nader, a transfer on scholarship, is not yet eligible, Bluford is gone and Bubu Palo is not on the team but remains on scholarship.
Walk-on guard Kourtlin Jackson, a transfer from John Wood Community College, is not eligible.