The 6-foot-8 forward who asked to transfer from the Lobos program after his role diminished down the stretch of this past season, and after it became clear he and UNM head coach Craig Neal weren’t on the same page about some of Banyard’s on-court decisions, announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that he will transfer to Illinois State.
Banyard wrote: “Illinois St Redbird!! Next chapter…make it count!”
Illinois St Redbird!! Next chapter…make it count!
— Nick Banyard (@NickBanyard23) June 17, 2014
Banyard will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules then will have two seasons of eligibility remaining to play.
The Redbirds went 18-16 overall last season, including 9-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois State’s season came to an end with a semifinal loss to in the CBI semifinals to eventual champion Siena.
Banyard averaged 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 10.5 minutes per game this past season. He played 24 games, but just once in the final 11. Banyard played in high school at Flower Mound High School in Marcus, Texas, where he was teammates with former Oklahoma State star and current NBA Draft hopeful Marcus Smart. That’s also the school where incoming Lobo guard Xavier Adams played this past season.
He was one of three Lobos to transfer after the team’s NCAA Tournament loss in St. Louis, joining sophomore guard Cleveland “Pancake Thomas, who transferred to Hartford, and freshman forward Tim Myles.