Dwight Coleby will play for his third college basketball team next season, after he takes a graduate transfer from Kansas. A number of strong mid-major programs are reportedly after the Jayhawk big man.
Coleby, who started his career at Ole Miss, did not have a huge career with Kansas, with his early career in Lawrence derailed by injury. However, he did have some big moments down the stretch, playing some important minutes in the NCAA Tournament wins over Michigan State and Purdue. Overall, he averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in just over five minutes per game at KU.
Now, he will play his final collegiate season elsewhere. He announced the move earlier this week. From Kansas:
“In talking with Coach (Self) about my future, I feel that this is what is best for my potential opportunities,” Coleby said. “I would like to thank the coaching staff for allowing me to come here. I’d like to thank my teammates for their support the past two years. I’d like to thank the fans for cheering me on and believing in me. KU is a part of my heart. It’s my alma mater and I am proud to have earned my degree from KU. I will always be a Jayhawk.”
According to The Kansas City Star, top mid-major programs are the ones most after Coleby.
One source close to the situation told The Star that the 6-foot-9 Coleby is believed to be considering mid-majors Western Kentucky, Arkansas-Little Rock, Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana Monroe.
Seton Hall is also mentioned as a possibility.
Stephen F. Austin site The Sawmill also lists Illinois, Mississippi State, and SMU as options for Coleby, though we can not verify that they are involved with the Kansas transfer.
Coleby reportedly visited Western Kentucky, which has done a great job of accruing talent under head coach Rick Stansbury in recent years, this week.
Heard last night & this AM that KU grad transfer PF Dwight Coleby was expected to visit @WKUBasketball today. Hearing he is there now.
— Joshua Parrott (@JoshuaParrott) May 17, 2017
In 2014-15, Coleby averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 16.5 minutes for Ole Miss. He should be a solid frontcourt addition for whichever team lands him, especially at the mid-major level.