Tulane sophomore point guard Keith Pinckney is transferring from the Green Wave men’s basketball program and has been given a release to do so.
The former three-star prospect failed to supplant Jonathan Stark in the starting lineup, logging just 9.4 minutes per game as the Green Wave compiled a 15-16 record last season. He is now able to transfer to any Division I school except those in the American Athletic Conference.
“I appreciate everything Tulane has done for me,” Pinckney tweeted Monday afternoon. “But I have officially been granted my release from the university and will be transferring.”
Pinckney, who was the highest-rated prospect signed by coach Ed Conroy in his five-year tenure according to 247Sports.com, scored 2.4 points, shot 41 percent from the field, and had less than an assist per game.
He shot 1-of-11 on 3-pointers and 10-of-21 on free throws.
It’s the second announced transfer of the offseason, as Pinckney joins reserve swingman Josh Hearlihy departing the Green Wave. A source close to the situation also said freshman forward Stanley Roberts Jr. is in the process of being evaluated as a possible medical disqualification, which would open another spot.
The movement of Hearlihy and Pinckey, ensures Tulane has enough available scholarships to officially enroll three-star prospects Kipper Nichols and Kain Harris, who signed National Letters of Intent to Tulane last week.
“We appreciate (Pinckney’s) contributions,” Conroy said. “We wish him the best.”
Tarrant heads to Memphis
Pinckney wasn’t the only former Tulane point guard on the move Monday.
Ricky Tarrant, who left the Green Wave for Alabama in 2013, said he is now headed to back into Tulane’s league, landing at American Athletic Conference foe Memphis. The former Conference USA freshman of the year led the Crimson Tide in scoring last year (13.1 per game) but left when coach Anthony Grant was fired after the season.
Since he has graduated, Tarrant will be eligible to play for Memphis next season. The Tigers split the season series against Tulane last year.
“It’s a great city,” Tarrant told ESPN-FM, 92.9, in Memphis. “It’s a great place to play basketball. The teammates I’ll be playing with, they’re great players. We’re just a step away from the (NCAA) tournament. I feel like it was a great decision.”