May 9, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT
LSU head coach Johnny Jones has granted Ralston Turner a release to pursue a transfer to another school.
Turner is a sophomore that averaged 9.1 points for the Tigers, down from the 12.3 points he averaged as a freshman. He hasn’t yet ruled out returning to LSU, but with the new head coach and a struggling program, Turner wants to take stock of his options.
“I have been given my release and I will be taking a visit (to another school),” Turner said in a press release. “That’s all. I didn’t say I was 100 percent leaving (LSU). It’s something I have thought about for a while and Coach Jones is allowing me to do it. I am going to take a visit and when it’s over I will weigh my options.”
“Upon my arrival about three weeks ago in my initial meeting with Ralston, he indicated that he had previously discussed with (previous LSU coach) Trent Johnson that he might consider transferring from LSU,” Jones said in a statement. “I told him that we would get together to discuss that at the end of the semester and that if he wished he would be granted permission to explore other opportunities. I have encouraged him to explore other options with the opportunity to return provided he is 100 percent an LSU Tiger.”
According to local reports, Turner will be taking a visit to NC State.
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