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Four ASU men's basketball players announce intentions to leave program

Two guards and two forwards have exited the program over the past two weeks

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ASU junior forward Khalid Thomas (20) and Louisiana freshman guard Mylik Wilson (13) chase down a loose ball in the first half on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Ragin' Cajuns 77-65.

ASU's men's basketball roster suffered an immense blow to its depth as four players have announced their intentions to leave the program in the last two weeks.

The departures began on March 17, when sophomore guard Elias Valtonen announced that he was leaving the program. Walk-on sophomore guard Kyle Feit followed suit a week later, announcing that he would be entering the transfer portal.

The team's depth continued to take a hit as a pair of junior forwards, Khalid Thomas and Andre Allen, also announced their intentions to enter the transfer portal and leave the program.

Valtonen and Thomas were on the fringes of ASU head coach Bobby Hurley's rotation during this past season, with neither able to carve out a consistent role.

Valtonen appeared in 40 games over his two seasons in Tempe, averaging 1.4 points per game.

Thomas appeared in 23 games, averaging 2.6 points per game in his lone season at ASU. Thomas' best performance of the year came on Nov. 26 against Princeton, when he scored 14 points on 5-6 shooting,  including a game-winning 3-pointer.

Feit and Allen played sparingly for the Sun Devils, combining to play just 29 total minutes in their careers with the program.

In addition to the four transfers, ASU was dealt another blow when junior guard Remy Martin announced that he was entering the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Sun Devils are currently only slated to return nine of the 17 players on their roster, with their only addition thus far being four-star recruit Marcus Bagley.

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