The Spartans took a potential hit this evening when sophomore Kenny Kaminski took to Twitter to announce that he was transferring to another school:
I am no longer going to play at Michigan State, I will be transferring to another school but have not decided where yet— Kenny Kaminski (@KennyKaminski) August 2, 2014
Kenny Kaminski was rated as a four star power forward per 247Sports and was a composite top 100 recruit but has experienced his fair share of problems since committing to Michigan State back in 2010. During his senior season of high school Kaminski suffered a shoulder injury that cost him almost the entire season. Upon arriving in East Lansing in 2012 Kaminski was forced to redshirt due to another right shoulder injury and he missed an additional six games last year due to two suspensions based on academic issues.
Even with the injury issues the previous two seasons, Kaminski proved to be a viable option off the bench adding 4.9 points per game on 51% shooting in a backup role over 31 games. While Kaminski was limited to only 12.2 minutes per game, he's a stretch four that can also hit from the perimeter and was a likely candidate to help replace the graduating Adreian Payne. Now that burden might fall on freshman Marvin Clark, a three star forward from Bel Aire Kansas. The transfer could also mean more playing time for Matt Costello, a junior forward that averaged four points over 14.7 minutes per game last season.
Either way, the loss of Kaminski thins out a frontcourt that was already looking a bit thin heading into the season.
[EDIT: According to a statement from Tom Izzo, Kenny Kaminski was dismissed from the team and did not decide to leave the team of his own volition - Thomas Beindit]