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Iowa basketball team grants release to two players


This news story was published on April 8, 2014.
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IOWA CITY – University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced Tuesday that Darius Stokes and Kyle Meyer have decided to transfer from the program and have been granted a full release from their scholarships.

Darius Stokes

Darius Stokes

Stokes (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was with the Iowa program for four years — three as a walk-on and earning a scholarship this past season. Stokes is scheduled to graduate in May and is eligible to play his final season of collegiate basketball immediately upon transferring. The 6-foot-7, 208-pound forward averaged 0.4 points and 0.7 rebounds in limited action off the bench in 38 career games.

“Darius is a tremendous individual who helped our program in a variety of ways the last four years,” said McCaffery. “In addition to improving his skillset each year, he provided incredible enthusiasm and energy in practices and on game days. Darius would like to take advantage of graduating in May and continuing his career at an institution that will provide him an opportunity for more playing time. We are thankful and appreciative of his commitment the past four years and wish Darius all the best moving forward.”

Meyer (Alpharetta, Ga.) played one season with the Hawkeyes after redshirting as a rookie in 2012-13. Last season, Meyer averaged 0.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in limited time in 12 games as a redshirt freshman. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward will have three years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

“Kyle and I had a healthy discussion at the conclusion of the season,” McCaffery said. “Ultimately he has decided to pursue more playing time and a larger role at another institution. Kyle has great work ethic and tremendous character, and will be a valuable teammate wherever he decides to go. We appreciate his hard work and positive attitude the last two years. Kyle has a bright future and we will assist him any way we can.”

Iowa will have 10 letterwinners return in 2014-15, including three starters. Nine of the 10 letterwinners are upperclassmen.

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