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Alterique Gilbert to finish college career at Wichita State

While UConn is heading to the Big East, Alterique Gilbert is staying in the American Athletic Conference.

On Saturday, Gilbert announced on Twitter that he'll play basketball for Wichita State next season.

Gilbert wrote: "I am excited to announce that I will be attending Wichita State University this fall! Let's go shocker nation!!!"

After completing his redshirt junior year in Storrs, Gilbert entered his name in the transfer portal earlier this month. He's on track to graduate from UConn this spring and has a year of eligibility remaining.

Gilbert, a graduate transfer, will join a Wichita State team that has seen seven scholarship players leave coach Gregg Marshall's program in recent weeks. The Shockers went 23-8 overall, 11-7 in the conference.

A highly-touted recruit out of Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., Gilbert struggled during his UConn career, being severely hampered by shoulder injuries. He appeared in only 64 career games, a season-high 30 last season during which the point guard averaged 8.5 points and a team-best 3.8 assists.

When Gilbert decided to transfer from UConn, coach Dan Hurley praised Gilbert for "displaying amazing courage and leadership in the program."

"He needs a fresh start and an opportunity to find a place that can give him everything that he needs," Hurley said. "He's got a chance to hit the reset button."

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