Tulane forward Mikael Herbert is transferring from the basketball program, the rising sophomore’s father, Gordon, confirmed to The Advocate on Sunday.
He is the first Green Wave player to formally declare his intentions not to return, a year after Tulane had six players transfer in the wake of the 2012-13 season.
Herbert was used sparingly as a true freshman, playing in just nine games and averaging 4.3 minutes. While on the floor, the 6-foot-9, 210-pounder made 1 of 7 field goal attempts, missed all five of his 3-pointers and pulled down seven rebounds.
Despite his minimal usage, Herbert was one of the most highly touted signees of Tulane’s super-sized freshman class last year. After playing for UU-Korahait in Finland’s professional league, he turned down offers from Nebraska, Long Beach State, Utah, Boston College and Kansas State to attend Tulane.
His departure provides a silver lining for coach Ed Conroy and the Green Wave, who are in desperate need of a size and strength upgrade in the front court, following the graduation of centers Tomas Bruha and Kevin Thomas.
Before Herbert’s transfer, Tulane had only one available scholarship for the spring signing period. Now it has the ability to sign a pair of center prospects. Rokas Gustys, a native of Kaunas, Lithuania, and Link Kabadyundi of Montreal have taken official visits to New Orleans in the past two weeks.