CEDAR CITY, UT. — The 2017-18 season is quickly approaching, but the transfer market is still garnering its fair share of attention.
While the bulk of the players who had transferred have found their new homes, there are still several players still on the market. With each passing day, it seems as though more players could be added at any given moment.
On Tuesday, another big name guard was granted his release, and instantly became a highly sought-after player for several teams across the country.
Following an impressive junior season with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, guard Randy Onwuasor was granted his release from the program. He requested his release last week.
Before coming to Southern Utah, Onwuasor played two seasons in the Big 12 with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore back in 2014-15.
With the Thunderbirds, the 6’3” guard from Inglewood, CA made a name for himself as one of the top scoring guards in the country, let alone the Big Sky Conference. Onwuasor averaged a Big Sky-leading 23.6 points per game, which was also good for the fifth-best mark in the NCAA.
He also led the Thunderbirds in rebounds (6.6), assists (3.2), and steals (1.5) per game. Onwuasor shot 40.9% from the field, and 82.7% from the free throw line for the season.
Onwuasor’s decision to transfer comes at an odd time in the off-season, and has raised some eyebrows across the college basketball world. The idea of power conference teams ‘poaching’ the star guard away from the Thunderbirds has popped up across social media since the news broke that he had officially received his release.
Regardless, there will be several big time suitors inquiring about Onwuasor, who will be a graduate transfer and is immediately eligible next season.
The likes of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks, South Carolina Gamecocks, and Texas Southern Tigers have reached out to him, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
– T. Bennett