As Northwestern’s offseason has begun, two players have elected to transfer to continue playing basketball elsewhere. Redshirt freshman forward Rapolas Ivanauskas and sophomore guard Isiah Brown will depart Northwestern come June.
Brown had an impressive start to his career at Northwestern. As a freshman, he came off of the bench to relieve Bryant McIntosh and Scottie Lindsey. Brown even started two games alongside McIntosh when Lindsey was out mid-season. He played in 35 games his freshman year, averaging 14.8 minutes per game. Brown had more minutes as a back up point guard than Jordan Ash. He averaged 6.3 points per game off of the bench.
Sophomore year, Brown saw action in 25 games, averaging just under 11 minutes per game. In the 25 games he played, he averaged 3.9 points per game. Brown’s minutes were reduced, in part because of an injury he faced in the offseason. The injury got his season off to a slow start, and as a result, he lost playing time to Jordan Ash and freshman Anthony Gaines.
Brown is a sharp, shifty guard who loves to score and get to the rim. His creativity and style on the court were entertaining to watch. Brown will leave Northwestern with two years of eligibility left after he redshirts the 2018-2019 season.
In the press release, Brown was grateful for this time at Northwestern and is looking forward to continuing his college career.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this program and the Northwestern community,” said Brown. “ Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support.”
Rapolas Ivanauskas departs Northwestern after two seasons as well. He is a forward out of Barrington Illinois, a suburb about an hour northwest of Evanston. Ivanauksas played at Barrington High School for three seasons, and then played his final year of high school basketball at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
Unfortunately, Ivanauskas’ career at Northwestern was affected by injuries, and as a result, he played sparingly to begin the season.
Ivanauskas is a sharp forward who would have played alongside Vic Law, Aaron Falzon, and incoming freshman Pete Nance. It is difficult to see his time at Northwestern come to an end, as his college career held a lot of promise when he enrolled.
In the press release, he thanked Northwestern for the opportunity, and will cherish the memories he has made in Evanston.
“My time here at Northwestern has been filled with nothing but blessings,” Ivanauskas said. “I am extremely grateful to the coaching staff, my teammates, and the community for making Northwestern the world-class institution that it is. Although to further pursue my aspirations for basketball, I will be transferring to another university. I am nothing but thankful to all those who have made Northwestern the place that it is, unforgettable.”
While it is tough to see these players go, we’re thankful for the time they spent in Evanston and look forward to seeing them have continued success in their college careers.