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Washington State G Malachi Flynn to transfer


during a first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ducks won 64-62 in overtime.

Ethan Miller

One day after it was announced that forward Robert Franks, the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player, would enter the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, the Washington State basketball program took a major hit.

Sophomore guard Malachi Flynn, who averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, announced Tuesday afternoon that he has decided to transfer. Given his productivity in two seasons at Washington State, Flynn will he a highly sought-after player on the transfer “market” this offseason.

The 6-foot-1 point guard from Tacoma led Washington State in assists and was second on the team in scoring behind Franks. One of Flynn’s best stretches of the season occurred at the Wooden Legacy in November, as he averaged 19.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as the Cougars beat Saint Joseph’s, Saint Mary’s and San Diego State to win the event.

In conference play Flynn averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from three and 86.2 percent from the foul line. Flynn was a player who appeared to be a key building block for Ernie Kent as he looks to rebuild a program that’s struggled of late, but that will no longer be the case.

Should Washington State lose both Flynn and Franks, guards Viont’e Daniels (9.0 ppg) and Carter Skaggs (8.3 ppg) would be the team’s leading returning scorers in 2018-19.