Former Michigan State Spartan, Kenny Kaminski, has transferred to Ohio University reports Jason Arkley of the Athens Messenger. The 6′-8″ forward has enrolled for the fall semester and will join the team as a scholarship player.
This comes less than a month after his dismissal from the Michigan State basketball program. Kaminski announced on twitter in early August that he would be transferring schools; then Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo released the following statement two days later:
“Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny Kaminski could not live up to the obligations necessary to be a part of our program. Being a Spartan is a special opportunity, and at Michigan State, we do everything we can to provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes. With that privilege also comes a responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner.
“After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program.”
Kaminski had been suspended for two games at two separate times over academic concerns at Michigan State.
A former top 100 recruit in 2012, Kaminski was a bench player last season for the Spartans, but was due to see a rise in minutes this season. He appeared in 31 games, started three, and averaged 4.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in just over 12 minutes per game. He led the Big Ten in 3 point field goal shooting at 49.4%, but struggled to find more minutes due to deficiencies on the defensive end.
Kaminski sat out most of his senior season in high school due to a right shoulder injury and Redshirted his first season at Michigan State as a result of another injury to that same shoulder. Normally, players who transfer schools must sit out a year before becoming eligible. However, because Kaminski was dismissed from the MSU program, rather than leaving on his own, he can request a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible this upcoming season.
It’s unlikely the appeal will be granted, but if it is, Kaminski will have three years of eligibility remaining starting this year. If not, He would be allowed to practice with the team but would not be able to play this season, and would have two years of eligibility remaining. Regardless of whether or not the appeal is granted, this is a fantastic pickup for Ohio and first year head coach Saul Phillips.