Junior Etou will not return to Rutgers after two seasons under coach Eddie Jordan, the school announced Friday afternoon. Etou is the first announced transfer of the year for Rutgers, and fifth under Jordan's tenure.
Once touted as the future leader of the Rutgers basketball program, Junior Etou will not return to the Scarlet Knights after two seasons under coach Eddie Jordan.
"Junior is a quality young man and we appreciate his contributions to our program,” Jordan said in a statement. “We wish him the best moving forward.”
Etou sat out the start of his freshman season for academic reasons and Jordan suspended him for the game at Penn State this year for disciplinary reasons. Etou averaged 7.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
Rutgers must now replace three starters in Etou, Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack in the offseason.
Etou's departure opens a fifth scholarship position in the recruiting class with two targets on campus for official visits this weekend -- forward Jonathan Laurent and guard Charles Minlend.
Miami is an early destination contender for Etou, sources said.
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