Freddy Asprilla leaves basketball team

Freddy Asprilla has left the Kansas State men’s basketball team to seek a professional career in his native country of Colombia.

The 6-foot-10, 275-pound junior-college transfer was averaging 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with the Wildcats. He started 13 games as a junior and averaged 16.3 minutes per night.

Asprilla’s former AAU basketball coach Art Alvarez indicated the departure was based on family issues.

“Freddy Asprilla is turning pro to help his very ill mother,” Alvarez said. “He is sacrificing his collegiate career to make money at the professional level.”

In a release, K-State coach Frank Martin said the Villavicencio, Colombia native, who started his college career at Florida International, will be missed.

“After discussions with Freddy, we have come to a mutual decision that we feel is in his best interest,” Martin said. “I expect him to explore professional playing opportunities in his home country. We appreciate his efforts this season and wish him the best of luck in the future.”