Freshman Brady Ernst is transferring from Iowa State, the school announced Monday.
Ernst, who signed with Iowa State last summer shortly after coach Steve Prohm was hired in June, appeared in six games as a freshman last fall for the Cyclones before sitting out the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Iowa State will apply for a medical redshirt on behalf of the Clinton, Iowa, native.
With the departure of Ernst, Iowa State now sits perfectly at 13 scholarships with the weekend addition of graduate transfer forward Merrill Holden. That number, however, includes JUCO signee Emmanuel Malou, who continues to face NCAA eligibility questions. The Cyclones will know his status no later that May 25 when he must make a decision on whether or not to remain in the NBA Draft.
If Malou doesn't make it to Ames, Iowa State would have one extra scholarship to work with, most likely for a sit-out or mid-year transfer who could help the team in 2017-18. In recent weeks, Iowa State has been connected to UNLV sit-out transfer Jordan Cornish.