Matt Visinsky

Freshman forward Harry Froling leaving SMU

Freshman forward Harry Froling is transferring from SMU's basketball team, he announced in a statement on Monday.

SMU is losing one of its freshmen.

Forward Harry Froling is leaving the program, he and SMU head coach Tim Jankovich announced in a statement released Monday. ESPN's Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news.

"I have loved my teammates and coaches here at SMU, but I was hoping to play a much more significant role than the one I have here now," Froling said in his statement. "It was a big sacrifice for me to leave Australia and come to the United States, so this has been a very difficult for me. I am going to look at all of my options collegiately and professionally back home."

Added Jankovich: "We appreciate Harry's efforts and wish him the best."

The 6-11, 260-pound Froling averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10 games off the bench at SMU. He scored 11 points in SMU's Dec. 4 win over Delaware State. The former four-star recruit chose SMU over Arizona, Colorado and Illinois. He was SMU's only forward off the bench, playing behind senior Ben Moore and junior Semi Ojeleye.

"I think Harry is getting better and better and more confident," Jankovich said after SMU's Dec. 7 win vs. TCU. "The only reason why Harry sometimes doesn't play more is because Semi and Ben are playing so darn good."

Froling's departure leaves SMU with just two scholarship forwards, Moore and Ojeleye. With Froling's departure, no scholarship player on the roster is taller than 6-8. SMU now has eight eligible scholarship players this year. The Mustangs' 2017 recruiting class has two forwards, Ethan Chargois and Everett Ray. Chargois has a good 3-point shot mixed in with ability in the post, while Ray is a skilled face-up four with a similar game as Moore.

Froling is the third SMU player to leave the program during the season in the last two years. Sedrick Barefield and Keith Frazier left midway through 2015. Barefield is now at Utah, while Frazier plays for North Texas.

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