Kenny Kaminsky announced that he would not be returning for the 2014-2015 season to play with Michigan State, via his Twitter account. However, Coach Tom Izzo clarified that Kaminsky wouldn’t be returning because he was dismissed from the program, per a statement released Monday afternoon.
“Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny Kaminski could not live up to the obligations necessary to be a part of our program…After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program,” said Izzo. “We have a group of individuals dedicated to a common goal and they are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their lofty standards, and ready to push each other to be the best they can be.”
Kaminsky’s weekend tweet announcing his departure set off a red flag due to its untimely nature-players usually decide on transfers long before August. His goodbye is a little surprising after coming off one of the best 3-point shooting percentages in the league last season (49%), but unsurprising once looking at the bigger picture. He only averaged 4.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in 12 minutes per season, redshirted the 2012-13 season after being sidelined by a shoulder injury in high school, and a two-game suspension over academic issues. To add to his troubles, he was still recovering from a back injury he got during a summer league game last month.
Kaminsky was a three-star recruit in the class of 2012.