Men's Basketball

Jalon Pipkins To Transfer from Loyola Men’s Basketball

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixLoyola junior guard Jalon Pipkins looks for an open teammate against Norfolk State Dec. 15.

Loyola men’s basketball junior guard Jalon Pipkins is planning to transfer from the program after one year, according to Loyola Athletics.

This past season, Pipkins appeared in 30 of the Ramblers’ 32 games, including his lone start in a loss to Coppin State University Nov. 12.

The Paris, Texas native averaged 3.4 points per game, and reached double figures twice, including a season-high 14 points coming in a win over Norfolk State University Dec. 15

Nick Schultz | The Phoenix Loyola junior guard Jalon Pipkins finishes an alley-oop against Illinois State at Redbird Arena Jan. 19.

However, Pipkins, 21, saw his minutes dwindle toward the end of the season. In the Ramblers’ final 12 games, he played more than 10 minutes just once after averaging 15.9 minutes per contest up until that point.

While many players make an announcement on social media, Pipkins simply hinted at him transferring by retweeting other accounts discussing the move. The Phoenix confirmed Pipkins’ desire to transfer with a Loyola Athletics spokesperson.

Despite having a limited role off the bench, Pipkins won many fans over this past season with his athletic dunks and finishes.

This is the third time Pipkins has transferred during his collegiate career. He started his career at California State University, Northridge, but transferred to Paris Junior College after just one season. He spent one season at Paris before coming to Loyola.

Pipkins didn’t declare which school he will transfer to and didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. If he continues his career at a Division I school, he’ll be forced to sit out a year due to NCAA rules. After sitting out, he’ll have one season of eligibility remaining.

After the graduation of senior guard Bruno Skokna, the Ramblers will have two open scholarship spots for next season. Guard Baylor Hebb is filling one of those spots after the guard signed his National Letter of Intent last November. However, center Jacob Hutson also committed to the Ramblers in the fall, but didn’t sign a National Letter of Intent yet. Pipkins’ transfer opens up a scholarship spot for Hutson or a potential transfer.

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