PULLMAN -- Freshman Xavier Thames was officially granted his release from the Washington State University men's basketball team on Monday and will transfer at the end of the semester.
"We wish Xavier the best and hope he has a successful career wherever he transfers to," WSU head coach Ken Bone said. "We appreciate the contributions that he made to this year's team and will help him in any way we can."
Thames saw action in all 31 games for the Cougars this season, notching four starts. He averaged 4.6 points and 1.2 assists in 17.6 minutes of action per game.
He's the first player officially released from his scholarship at Washington State, but freshman Anthony Brown, who also starred at Shadle Park High School, and sophomore Michael Harthun are both expected to leave the program as well.
UPDATE 3/30: Sophomore Michael Harthun and freshmen John Allen and Anthony Brown have been granted their releases from the Washington State University men's basketball team and will transfer at the end of the semester.
"We support the decisions made by Mike, John and Anthony and wish them nothing but good things," Bone said. "I've enjoyed coaching these three young men over the last year and appreciate the contributions they've made to the program."
Harthun saw action in 26 of WSU's 31 games this season, averaging 9.5 minutes an outing. He averaged 1.7 points and nearly one rebound a game as a sophomore after playing 6.0 minutes per game in 14 contests as a freshman.
Brown, who played at Shadle Park High School, saw action in three games for the Cougs this season, averaging two minutes an outing. A walk-on, Allen saw action in 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2009-10.