Freshman guard Ryan Kelley will transfer out of the Colorado men's basketball program, Buffaloes coach Jeff Bzdelik confirmed today.
Kelley, 6-feet-2 and 185 pounds, played in 17 games, averaging 2.6 points and 5.5 minutes, with no starts. His high game was 19 points at Missouri on Jan. 14 - the only time that he reached double figures.
A native of Covina, Calif., Kelley played high school basketball at Diamond Ranch in Pomona. He is the nephew of former CU star Vince Kelley, who scored 1,180 points from 1980-84.
"Ryan wants to seek a situation that will allow him to expand his role as a player," Bzdelik said. "He is a terrific young man and an excellent student. We wish him the very best."
Kelley's departure will allow Bzdelik to add two players during the spring signing period, which begins Wednesday. The Buffs have an oral commitment from 6-0 point guard Shannon Sharpe of Centennial High in Corona, Calif.
Colorado also seeks an athletic forward with rebounding skills. Marcus Relphorde (6-7) of Indian Hills (Junior) College in Ottumwa, Iowa, is known to be a target. Relphorde, from the Chicago area, began his college career at Saint Louis University. He would have two years of eligibility at CU. He reportedly also is considering Wisconsin and Arkansas.
Colorado signed three players during the early signing period in November: 6-11 Shane Harris-Tunks from Australia; 6-6 Keegan Hornbuckle of Los Angeles and 6-5 Alec Burks of Grandview (Mo.) in the Kansas City area.