Though the news comes on the same day that news broke the University of South Carolina is asking to speak with K-State head coach Frank Martin about its coaching vacancy, the two moves have nothing to do with each other.
At one time in the past few weeks, the thought was that Spradling would seek a transfer only if Martin returned as head coach. If Martin left, it was believed Spradling would remain with the KSU program.
Friday’s news, however, meant Spradling wasn’t willing to wait to find out his former head coach’s fate.
The release comes after a struggle-filled sophomore campaign in which the team’s third-leading scorer connected on 36.2 percent of his shots, and 33.1 percent from three-point range. In Big 12 play, those numbers dipped to 30.5 percent and 27.8 percent, respectively. Despite the lower numbers, Spradling still saw a slight increase in minutes during Big 12 play (31.9 mpg compared to 31.2 on the season) and started all of K-State’s 33 games – joining Rodney McGruder as the only two players to do so.
Spradling’s future team isn’t known at this point.
The source also said to look for more changes on the roster, perhaps sooner than later. One name to keep an eye on, among several, is Nino Williams.