Forward Tyler Harris is leaving the N.C. State basketball team. The school confirmed Harris’ decision to transfer Wednesday.
Harris is the third Wolfpack player, and second reserve forward, to transfer since the team’s season ended with a March 23 loss to Kansas in the regional semifinal round of the NCAA tournament.
A 6-foot-8 small forward, Harris averaged 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games as a freshmen. He played seven minutes in the loss to Kansas, the most since November.
“Thank you for everything Wolfpack it’s been great,” Harris wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday. “I’m going to miss being here and being with my bros.”
In a statement released by the school, coach Mark Gottfried said: “I’m disappointed that my staff and I won’t have the opportunity to continue working with Tyler. I wish him well in his future academic and athletic pursuits.”
Harris was in the last recruiting class signed by former coach Sidney Lowe. Harris averaged 6.9 minutes per game under Gottfried, with three starts in November. He didn’t play in 18 games.
With Harris’ exit, and the previous transfer of forward DeShawn Painter to Old Dominion, N.C. State’s depth at forward will be tested next season. Gottfried said last week he was counting on 7-footer Jordan Vandenberg, who redshirted as a junior last season, to play an expanded role behind returning starters C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell.
Sophomore Thomas de Thaey, who played sparingly last season, and freshman T.J. Warren are also options in the frontcourt.
N.C. State is still in the running for Amile Jefferson, a McDonald’s All-American forward from Philadelphia. The Wolfpack and Duke have been recruiting Jefferson, a 6-8 forward ranked No. 25 in the recruiting class by ESPN’s Dave Telep.