Austin Kuemper will leave Oregon in hopes of finding more playing time.
DuckTerritory.com has learned through multiple sources that redshirt freshman center Austin Kuemper has decided to transfer from the University of Oregon in hopes of finding a college that can present more playing time.
Kuemper played in just nine games this past season and averaged 2.4 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.7 minutes per game.
Kuemper didn't play in Oregon's final 16 games and made his last appearance in 2012-13 when Oregon played at Stanford on January 30th. Oregon lost 76-52 and Kuemper played five minutes but failed to record a statistical achievement. Kuemper scored a career-high nine points on 4-of-5 shooting against Houston Baptist on December 22nd.
Oregon now has two available scholarships to use. Both scholarships could be filled by 5th-year senior transfers in Mike Moser and/or Tarik Black.
Look for Kuemper to go the JUCO route to log minutes as a sophomore and then try and land at a college with two years left of eligibility.
Kuemper was redshirted in 2011-12 due to a logjam at center with Tony Woods, Jeremy Jacob, Tyrone Nared, and Olu Ashaolu on roster. This past season Kuemper again was up against a deep front-court that was made up of Woods, Arsalan Kazemi, Ben Carter, and Waverly Austin.
Kuemper was a 6-foot-9 three-star recruit that signed with Oregon in 2011 out of Westview high school in Portland, OR. Kuemper was the lone recruit left in Dana Altman's 2011 class following the 2012-13 season. Bruce Barron, Jabari Bird, and Brett Kingma have all transferred already. Carlos Emory has since graduated following the 2012-13 season.