Eikmeier To Transfer From Iowa State

Wes Eikmeier, a 6-3 freshman from Fremont, Neb., will transfer from the Iowa State men's basketball program, head coach Greg McDermott announced today.

"I sat down with Wes numerous times in the past couple of weeks about his future at Iowa State," McDermott said. "We assured him of his importance to our program, but Wes felt he would not be able to succeed at the level he wanted to in the Big 12. We are sad to see him leave our program, but at the same time we understand his situation and truly appreciate his time and effort he gave us as a Cyclone. It's unfortunate that illness and injuries did not allow him to reach his full potential."

Eikmeier played in 26 games for the Cyclones in 2008-09, despite battling numerous health issues. He averaged 2.9 points, 0.8 rebounds and made 20 3-pointers. He scored a career-high 15 points vs. Loyola Marymount.

"I want to find a school where I can have a more of a prominent role and be able to have an impact right away," Eikmeier said. "With my body the way it is, I would really have to improve significantly with my strength to be able to compete at this level. My decision has nothing to do with the coaching staff, my teammates or school. I have the utmost respect for everyone in the Cyclone basketball family. It was great to be around high integrity people and that will be hard to find somewhere else."

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