Washington State guard Tyrell Roberts enters NCAA transfer portal

PULLMAN — Tyrell Roberts, a precision guard who finished his first season at Washington state as the team’s second scorer, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Verbal Commits reported Friday morning that Roberts will explore playing his final year of eligibility elsewhere.

Roberts started 31 games as a junior and freshman Cougar last season, averaging 11.4 points per game. He shot 83 of 241 (34.4%) from 3-point range, 35.5% from the field and 92.5% from the foul line, contributing 2.6 rebounds and 2 assists per game as the WSU posted its best season in a decade, recording 22 wins and reaching the NIT semifinals.

Prior to joining WSU, the 5-foot-11 native of Sacramento, Calif., scored more than 1,000 points in just two seasons at UC San Diego and earned Division II All-America honors in 2019-20. . He retired from the 2020-21 season. WSU coach Kyle Smith saw Roberts’ star potential and signed him last April.

Roberts captured starting duties immediately and played more minutes than all of the Cougars except standout point guard Michael Flowers, who graduated. Roberts was an active, albeit undersized, perimeter defender and streaky shooter last season, but could turn a game in WSU’s favor if he had a hot hand. His best performance came in a first-round NIT win over Santa Clara on March 15, when he hit 7 of 16 3-pointers and totaled 23 points.

“Just not playing a while and coming from D-II to play 30 minutes a game in a Power Five conference and have the season that we did, it was just an amazing experience,” Roberts said after the WSU pulled out of the NIT with a loss at Texas A&M on March 29 in New York. “I tried to stay locked in the moment, but at the same time I remembered to appreciate it – the places I was going and knowing I was meant to be here. It was good for us to move on . »

WSU’s program gained momentum last season, but now it looks like the Cougars will spend the offseason rebuilding the core of their roster.

Starting forward Efe Abogidi registered his name on the transfer portal earlier this month, three days after declaring himself for the NBA draft. Fellow countryman Mouhamed Gueye announced this week that he will also be testing the draft waters this off-season but could return to Pullman. Junior guard Noah Williams, a 65-game WSU starter, signed to Washington on April 11.

Reserve guards Ryan Rapp and Jefferson Koulibaly were also transferred. Rapp has found a new home at the University of Hawaii. Verbal Commits reported Friday that relief forward Tony Miller entered the portal. Miller missed all of last season through injury and played just 10 games off the bench the previous year, but averaged 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 23 games in 2019-20 .

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