Kansas State forward Antonio Gordon enters transfer portal
Sophomore forward led Wildcats in rebounding
Antonio Gordon's time as a member of the Kansas State basketball team has come to an end.
K-State coach Bruce Weber announced Monday morning that Gordon is leaving the program after two years and has been released from his scholarship.
"Antonio has entered the transfer portal," Weber said in a statement. "I appreciate his contributions to our program the past two seasons, especially this season with all his health-related challenges. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his college career."
Gordon, a 6-foot-9 forward from Lawton, Oklahoma, confirmed via social media that he was indeed leaving.
"I want to thank the people of Manhattan for their tremendous love and support throughout this year," he said in a post on his Twitter account. "I would also like to thank my teammates for accepting me and loving me like a brother. I would lastly like to thank Coach Weber, Coach (Brad) Korn, coach (Chris) Lowery, Coach (Shane) Southwell, and Coach (Jermaine) Henderson for giving me the opportunity to play at this university. I will truly miss the memories that were made here with so many great people. But after prayer and long talks with my family and those close around me I have decided to enter the transfer portal to continue my athletic and academic journey."
Gordon had an up-and-down season, primarily for health-related reasons that forced him to miss four games during one stretch from Dec. 29 to mid-January and another on Feb. 23 in an upset victory against Oklahoma.
He appeared in 21 games with 12 starts, averaging 5.8 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds. For his K-State career, he played in 47 games, starting 21, and 4.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a game.
Gordon's season was on an uptick down the stretch with starts in his last seven games. But a loss at West Virginia on Feb. 27 would prove to be his last appearance as a Wildcat.
He did not play in the regular-season finale against Iowa State on March 6, nor accompany the team to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament.
Weber did not go into specifics following the Iowa State game, saying that Gordon's absence was due to "total health issues."
"He's endured a lot since last summer — really since the spring," Weber said in his postgame comments following the 61-56 victory over the Cyclones. "And then when he came back, he's had a lot of health issues and it's just kind of taken a toll on him.
"For his sake, we just felt it was the best. Right now it looks like he'll be done for the season."
After closing the regular season against Iowa State, the Wildcats went on to blow out TCU, 71-50, in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament for their fourth victory in five games. They then took league regular-season champion Baylor to the wire before falling, 74-68.
Gordon had a memorable performance against Baylor on Dec. 19, scoring a career-high 23 points on 9 of 9 shooting. And on Feb. 13, he had 15 points and a career-best 14 rebounds in a 67-60 loss at Oklahoma State.
"Tone has given us a great effort, he's played his butt off and dealt with a lot of different things," Weber said after the Iowa State game. "It's tough to be without him, but we've just got to make due and get the most out of what we've got."