Former Citadel basketball standout Matt Van Scyoc will transfer to Indiana State, he said Friday.
A 6-6 sophomore, Van Scyoc was forced to leave The Citadel after two seasons because of an honor code violation. He chose Indiana State over College of Charleston and will have two seasons of eligibility after sitting out the 2014-15 season as a transfer under NCAA rules.
"When I took my official visit to Indiana State, it just blew me away," said Van Scyoc, who averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Bulldogs last season. "Their coaching staff reminded me a lot of The Citadel's. They cared about me and will work hard to help me become the best I can be. It's a big program, a big-time conference and the opportunity to succeed there was just to much for me to pass up on."
Indiana State is located in Terre Haute, Indiana, and is famed as the school that NBA legend Larry Bird took to the NCAA championship game in 1978-79, eventually losing to Magic Johnson and Michigan State.
They Sycamores play in the Missouri Valley Conference, along with recent national power Wichita State and coach Gregg Marshall, a former College of Charleston assistant. Indiana State is coached by Greg Lansing and was 23-11 last season, finishing second in the Missouri Valley and playing in the NIT.
The Sycamores have won 20, 18, 18 and 23 games in four seasons under Lansing, and averaged 5,946 fans per game last season at the 10,200-seat Hulman Center.
"I'm excited," Van Scyoc said. "They love their basketball there. With my redshirt year, I think the staff there can take my game to a whole new level and help me achieve my personal and team goals. I can graduate with my master's degree there and I know the staff will improve me in my year off."
Van Scyoc said he did seriously consider transferring to College of Charleston, and also looked at Appalachian State, Liberty, Coastal Carolina and USC Upstate.
"It came down to College of Charleston and Indiana State," he said. "I thought about it a long time. But when I took my official visit to Indiana State, I just had the feeling I wanted to go there, the same feeling I had when I took my visit to The Citadel."