Center wants more playing time

Updated: April 14, 2005, 8:49 PM ET
Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Center Frans Steyn will transfer from Oklahoma State to a Division II program in hopes more playing time will give him an opportunity to show he has the potential for a professional basketball career.

Steyn, a 7-foot-2 center from South Africa, played in 18 games last season and averaged 2.7 points and 6.5 minutes. He started four nonconference games as the Cowboys experimented with a bigger lineup, but his playing time diminished after that. He played only two minutes total in the Cowboys' final 13 games.

"I like Oklahoma State, but from a basketball standpoint, it's not going to work out," Steyn said. "If I have to sit out another season on the bench, it's all I have. Once that's gone, there is no chance for me."

Steyn said he had made a few calls but hadn't picked a new school yet. He might have played more with Oklahoma State next season after the departure of six scholarship players.

"This year we don't have all the guys coming back like we had last year," he said. "But, like I said, I have one year left, so I've got to make the best of it. I just want to go someplace where I know I am going to play."

Steyn said he needs game experience to give himself a chance to play professionally.

"Obviously not the NBA," he said, "but my best opportunity is to have a shot in Europe."

As a partial qualifier who earned his degree within four years, Steyn will have one year of eligibility remaining.

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