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.

The Game 730 WVFN-AM logo
Get our free mobile app

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.

Sports Figures That People Love to Hate

Sports would be boring if you loved everyone. There always has to be a villain, and we've put together a list of prominent sports figures that a lot of people can't stand.

To enable screen reader support, press Ctrl+Alt+Z To learn about keyboard shortcuts, press Ctrl+slash

More From The Game 730 WVFN-AM