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Three Ohio basketball players set to transfer from program effective immediately

Head coach Saul Phillips confirmed the news during a press conference Monday afternoon.

Rufus with the crowd vs Cleveland State 3/19/2014 (Michael Pronzato, Ohio Athletics) Michael Pronzato, Ohio Athletics

The Ohio men’s basketball team will look a lot different come the 2017-2018 campaign next season, as three players are set to transfer from the program, per head coach Saul Phillips.

Freshman shooting guard Rodney Culver will transfer the usual route after just one season at Ohio. Culver averaged 2.6 points per game and played in all 31 of the Bobcats’ game starting once.

Culver was a prep schooler with Elev8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Florida, prior to his tenure in Athens, where he averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists while helping to lead the program to a National Prep Tournament Elite Eight appearance. In high school, he made appearances with Pickerington Central HS in Columbus, Ohio and on the AAU circuit with the West Virginia Wildcats and Ohio Varsity.

Center Wadly Mompremier, a native of Miami, Florida, did not collect stats in 2016, as he pursued a redshirt. Mompremier was a key reserve player, collecting appearances in 64 games and five starts. Mompremier recorded 78 points (2.6 per game), 125 rebounds (2.0 per game), 47 blocks (0.7 per game) during his career.

Redshirt junior forward Khari Harley, a native of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, played just ten minutes in 2016-2016 for the Bobcats, scoring five points.

Mompremier and Harley will pursue graduate transfers and are eligible immediately. Culver will have to sit out a year if he goes to another Division I school, but would be eligible immediately if he dropped to a lower-level league within the NCAA.

The changes are most certainly a shock.

It’s not often at a mid-major program you see one, much less two graduate transfers in the same season to go along with a regular transfer. With Kenny Kaminski graduating and the status of Antonio Campbell in the air, the Bobcats could be looking at as many as five holes to fill for next season’s team.