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Kansas State’s DaJuan Gordon, Rudi Williams to transfer

Mar 11, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard DaJuan Gordon (3) drives against TCU Horned Frogs guard RJ Nembhard (22) and forward Diante Smith (10) during the first half at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State sophomore DaJuan Gordon and junior Rudi Williams have entered the transfer portal, Wildcats coach Bruce Weber announced Friday.

The guards joined sophomore forward Antonio Gordon, who announced his departure from the program on Monday.

The Wildcats missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and finished 9-20 in 2020-21, including 4-14 in the Big 12.

Gordon averaged 9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds this season, ranked third and second on the team, respectively. He played in 25 games, including 22 starts.

“After several conversations with DaJaun and his family following the season, he informed me of his decision,” Weber said in a release. “Although DaJuan has played significant minutes and started most games the past two seasons, he indicated his desire to have a larger role offensively. Obviously, we are disappointed with his decision, but we wish him the best in basketball and life.”

A Chicago native, Gordon averaged 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assists in 57 games (33 starts) in two seasons in Manhattan, Kan.

Williams joined Kansas State in 2020-21 after two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The Ontario native appeared in 27 games (four starts) and averaged 4.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

“We recruited and signed Rudi during the early part of the (coronavirus) pandemic without him even visiting campus and getting a feeling for our program, so this gives him the opportunity to evaluate what type of school will be best for him moving forward,” Weber said. “We wish him well.”

–Field Level Media