Mississippi State center Schnider Herard is no longer with the team and will transfer from the program.
The school announced the news on Sunday via Twitter.
BREAKING NEWS | Schnider Herard no longer on the team after announcing his plans to transfer. 12-1 MSU is back in action Tuesday at home against Arkansas.
— MSU Men's Basketball 🏀 (@HailStateMBK) December 31, 2017
The 6-10 sophomore, who is a former Top 50 recruit, averaged 5.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season in 18.6 minutes of action.
However, he played only eight minutes per contest this season and did not play in the team’s two recent games against Southern Miss and North Florida.
Mississippi State has compiled a 12-1 record and will open up SEC play against Arkansas on Tuesday.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given Herard’s lack of playing time this season.
But it is a bit surprising that he failed to make a huge impact with the team. As mentioned, he was a highly-coveted recruit, and his size and strength certainly made it seem like he’d be a good fit with the Bulldogs.
With Abdul Ado joining the mix after sitting out last year, it made minutes harder to come by, and Herard wound up being the odd man out.
As long as he continues to develop his game on both sides of the court, he should be able to carve out a key role within another program due to his physical capabilities.