The last chance for Brandan Kearney to fulfill the promise he flashed in high school will come at a school minutes from where he grew up.
The well-traveled Detroit native announced Monday that he is transferring to the University of Detroit after previous stops at Michigan State and Arizona State. Kearney will sit out the 2014-15 season before playing his final year of eligibility the following year.
"Crazy when your last stop is in your own backyard," Kearney tweeted.
What Kearney has to hope is that a mid-major close to home will provide him the ideal forum to resuscitate a college career that so far hasn't gone as planned.
Hailed as a Rivals 150 recruit after averaging 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists as a senior at Detroit Southeastern High School, Kearney turned down scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan and Ohio State to attend Michigan State. His defense and 3-point shooting helped him crack the rotation late in his freshman season and early in his sophomore year, but he was dissatisfied with a bit role and left midway through his second season.
Kearney envisioned Arizona State as a school where he could play significant minutes for a program on the rise, but his lone season there didn't work out the way he hoped. He was unable to unseat Jermaine Marshall, Shaquielle McKissic, Bo Barnes and Egor Koulechov at wing, instead averaging only 1.2 points per game in 6.7 minutes.
Rather than waste his final two years playing for a coaching staff that obviously didn't see him as an impact player, Kearney opted to transfer in April even though leaving meant burning a year of eligibility.
If the versatile Kearney can regain his confidence, his mid-range shooting, defense and passing ability can be an asset for a Detroit program seeking to bounce back from a 13-19 campaign this past year.
Detroit can also take solace in the fact it will certainly get Kearney's maximum effort. As he said, it's his "last stop."
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