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Ball State guard Zavier Turner to transfer

The Cardinals lose a huge contributor and key piece to their future as the sophomore guard will look for another school.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The hits keep coming for the Ball State basketball program. After wrapping up their season on a 17-game losing streak, the Cardinals incurred another loss tonight: point guard Zavier Turner. The school announced the sophomore point guard has decided to transfer.

"I just felt like this was the best decision for me," Turner said in a press release. "I talked about it with my parents and they are supporting me. I enjoyed my two years here but felt like this was the right thing."

Last year's MAC Freshman of the Year, Turner had a bit of a downturn in production this year. He went from scoring 12 points per game to nine this season, and his field goal percentage dropped by two percent. After the first two games of the season, Turner was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He only ended up missing two games and was reinstated for the game at Eastern Illinois on December 3.

"We want to thank Zavier for his two years at Ball State," BSU coach James Whitford stated in the release. "We wish him the very best going forward."

The transfer certainly isn't because Turner wanted to be closer to home - he's from Indianapolis. Turner was fun to watch when he was on the court, and his production will be missed.

BSU has just four guards on the roster currently - Kaleb Mallory, Jeremie Tyler, Jeremiah Davis and Francis Kiapway, and neither of the two incoming freshmen are backcourt players. The Cardinals do welcome Youngstown State transfer Ryan Weber next season, though he is of the small forward/shooting guard build.