Washington State finally lets Izundu transfer to San Diego State
Initially barred from transferring to San Diego State, center Valentine Izundu is headed to the Aztecs by way of Washington State after all.
The Cougars blocked Izundu from going to his intended destination after accusing San Diego State of tampering with him. The allegations arose after Izundu vacationed in San Diego during spring break and took in an Aztecs game, only to express his desire to leave the Cougars for Steve Fisher's program upon returning home.
Izundu appealed the ban, but a Washington State committee denied it, leading him to take his frustrations to Twitter.
"So I'm graduating this year with a 3.0+, made the honor roll, and never had an off-court issue. And my coach punishes me for it. #confused," he wrote in a since-deleted post, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Mark Zeigler.
Amid a great deal of fan backlash, Washington State finally removed the restriction, allowing Izundu to play out his final year of eligibility with the Aztecs. As a graduate transfer, Izundu will be able to suit up without needing to watch a season from the sidelines.
Izundo averaged 3.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and 15 minutes per game in his junior season. His role with the Cougars was limited, but the senior-to-be could be handed more minutes and additional responsibilities next year.
San Diego State will be Izundu's third career team - he began his college career with Houston before moving to Washington State.
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