Thomas Kithier (pictured in green against Maryland), who started 14 games for Michigan State men's basketball in the 2020-21 season, announced on Sunday that he is transferring from MSU to Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana.

Kithier joins Jack Hoiberg as Spartans who have transferred to other schools via the transfer portal.  Hoiberg will finish his college career at Texas-Arlington.  Mark "Rocket" Watts, another MSU player, is currently in the transfer portal and hasn't committed anywhere as of yet.

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Kithier came to Michigan State after a stellar high school career at Macomb Dakota HS in suburban Detroit.  He then transferred to Clarkston HS for his senior season (2017-18) to play with future Spartan teammate Foster Loyer.  However, he was declared ineligible by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and did not play his senior year.

Even without Kithier, Michigan State will have a deep frontcourt with returnees Gabe Brown, Julius Marble, Malik Hall, and Mady Sissoko.  Plus, the addition of Michigan's Mr. Basketball, Pierre Brooks from Detroit Douglass Academy.

Because the 2020-21 season was a "free" year in college basketball, Kithier will have two years of eligibility remaining with Valparaiso.

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