In men’s basketball, San Jose State sophomore forward Cody Schwartz announced on Thursday afternoon that he will transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay after the school year. Green Bay is coming off an 18-14 season and CBI appearance.
Schwartz, a three-star recruit, went to West De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin, nearly five miles south of Green Bay. San Jose State was one of four Division I schools known to offer scholarships to Schwartz, the other three being Green Bay, Northern Iowa, and Toledo.
Dave Wojcik’s 2015 recruiting class featured four newcomers—freshmen Brandon Clarke, Schwartz, and Ryan Welage, in addition to junior college transfer Gary Williams Jr.—who made an immediate impact. They helped San Jose State improve from 2-28 in the season before they arrived to 9-22 in 2015-16 and 14-16 in 2016-17.
With 33 starts, Schwartz played in all 61 games the past two seasons. He led the team in three-point attempts and averaged 24.1 minutes as a freshman. However, Schwartz had his average playing time nearly halved to 12.8 minutes as a sophomore; his scoring average also went down each year from 7.0 to 3.8. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 15, Schwartz played single digit minutes each game, including only one in the Feb. 7 nationally televised upset of San Diego State.
Additionally, redshirt junior forward Brandon Mitchell decided to join the football team for his final year of athletics eligibility. These two knowns and any other departures notwithstanding, next year’s team potentially has seven returning players on scholarship, two more (freshmen Nai Carlisle and Keith Fisher III) coming off redshirt years, two walk-ons (E.J. Boyce and Terrell Brown) probably earning scholarships, and one new recruit (Noah Baumann, from the same high school Brandon Clarke attended). Division I men’s basketball teams generally have 13 available scholarships, so Schwartz’s transfer opens one more scholarship to give.
NCAA rules require intra-Division I transfers in men’s basketball to take a redshirt year—known as a “year in residence”—before becoming eligible to play. However, the NCAA may grant a waiver for this rule in exceptional situations, most commonly a family hardship.