Hawaii basketball guard Isaac Fleming announced his intentions to transfer off of the team on Twitter today, just as the Rainbow Warriors gear up for a critical road series.
Fleming, the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 9.5 points per game, tweeted a picture of a signed request for release from the program and a message, “It’s official I want to thank the University of Hawaii for everything But I have to do what’s best for me!”
UH athletic director David Matlin verified the move, stating “During a meeting with Coach (Eran) Ganot, student-athlete Isaac Fleming asked for his release effective immediately and it was granted. We wish Isaac all the best with his future pursuits.”
Ganot offered a similar response: “We met with Isaac. He requested his release, it was granted, and we wish him the best moving forward.”
The Rainbow Warriors (23-4, 12-2 Big West) depart Tuesday for their final regular-season road games this week at UC Davis and Long Beach State. If UH wins at Davis on Thursday, it’ll clinch a share of the Big West regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for next week’s Big West tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
The sophomore from Delaware said in another tweet: “Even though I removed my self from the team I still want my brother to get a ring and do something remarkable this season.”
He will have to sit out games for a full season if he transfers to another NCAA Division I school.
Fleming offered up the Twitter hashtag, “#MyNextMoveWillBeMyBest”.
Fleming’s role diminished in four games since returning from an ankle injury, as Ganot shifted playing time to freshman Sheriff Drammeh. Fleming was visibly unhappy while playing just five minutes in the team’s senior night win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday. In the last four games, he totaled just seven points while averaging 12.8 minutes per game.
Ganot spoke generally to reporters about Fleming earlier today, saying, “You gotta continue to do what’s best for the team … You hope to find ways to get everybody firing.”
Fleming earned a Big West Player of the Week award in January after scoring a career-high 23 points in an overtime road win at Cal State Fullerton.
It's official I want to thank the University of Hawaii for everything But I have to do what's best for me! pic.twitter.com/DxkHOEsue7
— Isaac Fleming (@Ballaslife410) March 1, 2016