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WKU forward Marek Nelson finishes a dunk in the Hilltoppers' 100-86 victory over Nicholls State on Sunday

The WKU men’s basketball team endured another roster loss this offseason, as rising junior forward Marek Nelson announced his intentions to transfer on Tuesday afternoon.

“Where do I start?” Nelson wrote in a tweet posted to his Twitter account. “The campus. The culture. The PEOPLE. WKU has grown me in so many ways these past two years. As a man, as a teammate, as a follower of Christ. Although I am transferring, WKU will always be a place I can call home, and for that, I am grateful."

The Plano, Texas, native will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 2.6 points per game to go along with 1.7 rebounds during his two seasons with the Hilltoppers. Suspension and a back injury limited Nelson to just 18 games during the 2018-19 season after he appeared in all 38 games and made one start during the 2017-18 season.

Nelson's departure marks the 16th time a player has left the program early under Rick Stansbury since he became head coach in 2016.

Nelson is also the sixth player to leave WKU this offseason, joining former teammates Dalano Banton, Matt Horton, Jake OhmerMoustapha Diagne and incoming freshman signee Nick Ongenda.

Reporter Alec Jessie can be reached at 270-745-6291 and alec.jessie226@topper.wku.edu. Follow Alec on Twitter at @Alec_Jessie.

Alec Jessie is a football reporter for the College Heights Herald. He previously covered the Basketball team.