Numerous reports have confirmed that junior forward Keljin Blevins will be leaving the basketball program.
Blevins averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in turnovers with 49 behind Khari Price’s 61 turnovers on the season.
His absence will leave a void in the starting lineup for upcoming season. Blevins started 24 out of the 29 games that he played in. Although he did not provide statistical production on the stat sheet, Blevins did showcase quality defense and a willingness to be versatile in coach Doc Sadler’s defensive scheme.
The Golden Eagles can look to Michael Ramey primarily to push for the starting position in the lineup. Ramey averaged 5.5 ppg and he also shot .381 percent from three-point range. His range from beyond the arch could spread out the offense and provide more spacing for players looking to drive the ball into the lane in Sadler’s pick- and-roll offense.
Blevins’ leave will not be the first leave for the Golden Eagles this offseason. Redshirt senior Norville Carey is currently being reported to not be returning next season for Southern Miss as well. But in Carey’s case, he has not officially requested his release from the program.