Citadel's Ezekiel Balogun

Citadel freshman Ezekiel Balogun will transfer to a junior college, it was announced over the weekend. (Zach Bland/Citadel Athletics)

Citadel basketball player Ezekiel Balogun, who helped fuel the Bulldogs' late-season run in 2016-17, will transfer to a junior college.

Eastern Florida State College, a junior college in Brevard County, announced over the weekend that Balogun, a 6-6, 235-pound forward from Nigeria, would transfer from The Citadel.

Balogun averaged 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds as a freshman last year, but came on strong late in the season. Over the final five games, he averaged 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, and the 12-21 Bulldogs won three of those games.

"It's disappointing, but we'll move on," Citadel coach Duggar Baucom said.

Apparently, Balogun wants to play at a higher level in Division I. Playing the 2017-18 season at a junior college would allow him to move to another D-I school without sitting out a season.

Sears set for MLB draft

Citadel pitcher J.P Sears could hear his name called during the MLB Draft that starts with the first two rounds on Monday.

Sears, a 5-11 left-handed junior from Sumter, was 7-2 with a 2.03 ERA during the regular season, and led the nation with 142 strikeouts. He's a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, and Baseball America ranks him No. 10 among draft prospects in South Carolina.

Baseball America also ranks Sears the No. 289 prospect in the overall draft, which projects to somewhere in the first 10 rounds or so.

Falcons waive Renew competitor

The Atlanta Falcons have waived fullback Soma Vainuku, one of three fullbacks competing for a roster spot with the NFL team.

That leaves former Citadel All-American Tyler Renew, an undrafted free agent, and former Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman as the two fullbacks still on the roster.

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