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Ball State lands Youngstown State transfer Ryan Weber

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Ball State coach James Whitford, left, gives instructions during an NCAA college basketball game against Butler on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Muncie, Ind. Butler won 59-58. (AP Photo/The Star Press, Patti Blake)


Ball State landed one of the better mid-major transfers on the market on Monday as the school announced that Youngstown State sophomore wing Ryan Weber has signed with the Cardinals.

A 6-foot-6, 200-pound native of Indianapolis, Weber had a breakout sophomore season for the Penguins as he averaged 12.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while also shooting 41 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line. The second-leading scorer for Youngstown State upped those numbers to 13.8 points per game and 45 percent three-point shooting during Horizon League play.

Weber will have to sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have two years left at Ball State.

The Cardinals only shot 31 percent from the three-point line as a team during the 2013-14 season and only MAC Freshman of the Year, guard Zavier Turner (40 percent), shot better than 32 percent from the three-point line. Weber should give them another perimeter weapon when he’s able to play after next season.

“We are extremely excited to add Ryan Weber to our program,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said in the release. “Ryan had a great season at Youngstown State and has proven he can produce at a high level in college. He has improved so dramatically over the past two years, and we feel he has the right work ethic and the right talent to become an even better player than he is already. We are really excited about his future, and we think he will make a big impact in our conference when he becomes eligible.”

Weber joins a six-man class for Ball State that includes junior college forward Bik Gill as well as high school guards Jeremie Tyler and Francis Kiapway, wing Sean Sellers and forward Rashaun Richardson.

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