Kansas State’s once-crowded men’s basketball backcourt became even less congested on Thursday as coach Bruce Weber announced that guard Brian Patrick has decided to transfer rather than return for his junior season.
“We appreciate Brian’s contributions to our basketball program and wish him the best of luck as he pursues his playing career at another institution,” Weber said in a statement.
Patrick is the second guard to leave the program in a week. K-State released Amaad Wainright from his scholarship on April 13.
Wainright faces felony charges for obstruction as well as fleeing and eluding related to a Jan. 17 road rage incident in which a passenger in his car fired gunshots at another vehicle in Overland Park. Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that affidavits revealed Wainright fled at more 100 miles per hour and led authorities on a high-speed chase after a traffic stop.
Patrick averaged 1.6 points and 0.6 rebounds this past season, and saw his playing time diminish as the season progressed. He played between 12 and 16 minutes during K-State’s first three games and logged a season-high 17 minutes against Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 16, but the 6-foot-5 shooting guard saw the court for a total of only two minutes during the Wildcats’ four-game NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight.
Patrick played in 26 of K-State’s 37 games overall.
The native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., saw action in 49 games during his two-year career with the Wildcats, averaging 1.9 points on 39.1 percent shooting and 6.7 minutes. He made 34 career field goals, 22 coming from beyond the 3-point line, and scored a career-best 11 points at West Virginia on Feb. 11, 2017.
With K-State expected to return most of its key backcourt contributors, playing time wouldn’t have been easier for Patrick to find next season.
Second-team All-Big 12 senior guard Barry Brown is testing the NBA Draft waters but hasn’t signed with an agent and is likely to return for his senior season. Other guards expected to be back are Kamau Stokes, Xavier Sneed, Cartier Diarra and Mike McGuirl.
K-State also signed St. Louis prep point guard Shaun Williams in November.
Patrick’s departure leaves K-State with a scholarship to offer.