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Report | Southern Utah guard Randy Onwuasor to transfer

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 14: Southern Utah guard Randy Onwuasor (0) makes a shot during a non conference college basketball game between Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the Saint Louis University Billikens on November 14, 2016, at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
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After leading the Big Sky in scoring in his first season at Southern Utah, guard Randy Onwuasor will reportedly leave the program for his final season of eligibility. He will be eligible to compete immediately as a graduate student, and news of his decision to transfer was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Onwuasor, who began his college career at Texas Tech, averaged 23.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Thunderbirds last season. Named the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year, Onwuasor was also a second-team all-conference selection in 2016-17. Onwuasor scored 30 points or more in eight games last season, which included a 43-point performance in a 109-105 triple-overtime win over Montana State in the Big Sky tournament.

He played 35.3 minutes and attempted 18.8 shots per game last season, leading the Thunderbirds in both categories with fellow guard James McGee (33.8 mpg, 10.4 shots/game) being next in line. Onwuasor shot 40.9 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from three, shouldering much of the offensive load for a team that won just six games.

He entered his name into the NBA Draft this spring before ultimately making the decision to return to college. Just over two months later he’s on the move again, this time as a grad transfer who can potentially provide perimeter scoring to his next program.

In two seasons at Texas Tech, Onwuasor averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 assists in 15.3 minutes per game for then-head coach Tubby Smith. The Inglewood, California native made the decision to transfer following the 2014-15 season, and at Southern Utah, Onwuasor received the playing time and scoring opportunities that weren’t available in Lubbock.

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