The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team may be losing a key player who was expected to return for a senior season.
Nysier Brooks, a junior center from Philadelphia, entered the NCAA's transfer portal Friday. He started all 35 games for the Bearcats in 2018-19, averaging 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
NEWS: Cincinnati’s Nysier Brooks is entering the transfer portal, a source told @TheAthleticCIN | @TheAthleticCBB. He’s weighing his options & could choose to stay at UC. The 6-foot-11 center will be a senior next season. Not available for a grad transfer. #Bearcats— Justin Williams (@Williams_Justin) April 19, 2019
Two more guys transferring: Cincinnati big man Nysier Brooks (8.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Tulsa guard and grad transfer Curran Scott (8.9 ppg).— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 19, 2019
The program is transitioning to a new coach, as Mick Cronin left for UCLA April 9. UC hired Northern Kentucky University's John Brannen Sunday.
Brooks was present and participated in team workouts with Brannen this past week.
Entering the portal doesn't always lead to a transfer, as players are given the chance to weigh their options and still hold the ability to return to their current school.
If Brooks were to transfer to another Division I school, he would be required to sit out a year and have one year of eligibility remaining. He could apply for a waiver from the NCAA to gain immediate eligibility, but it is unlikely it would be granted.
Junior guard/forward Rashawn Fredericks (2.3 points, 2.2 rebounds in 2018-19) is also in the transfer portal. He transferred to UC last summer after two years at Motlow Community College in Tennessee.