On Wednesday, Kansas State president Richard Linton decided that Wildcats’ forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin should no longer be a part of the program in Manhattan, dismissing him from the team after he served a suspension that lasted nine games.
Tomlin’s situation has been shrouded in mystery since he was arrested back in October for disorderly conduct, leading to an indefinite suspension, handed down by Jerome Tang. He was held from even being on the bench for the first several games of the year, but was there in street clothes with his teammates for Tuesday’s 72-71 OT win over Villanova. After some “We want Nae’Qwan” chants broke out inside Bramlage Coliseum, it felt as if his return might be imminent. Now, he’s off the team, and that’s pretty much all the K-State administration will say about it.
“I have been monitoring this situation and overseeing Nae’Qwan’s suspension with Coach (Jerome) Tang’s involvement,” KSU Athletic Director Gene Taylor said in the release. “While we cannot share the specifics that have led to this outcome … K-State can now share that Nae’Qwan Tomlin will no longer be able to continue with the K-State men’s basketball team. This decision was not made lightly by me, but it is the decision warranted by the circumstances that brought it to bear.”
Tomlin is set to graduate in just a matter of days, and after that he can enter the portal as a grad transfer and be part of another team in a matter of weeks. Burner Ball, a site that covers college basketball, is listed some potential destinations have emerged for the 6-foot-10 forward, and two of them would keep him in the Big 12.
“Tomlin is set to graduate this semester and could potentially enroll as a grad transfer at a different university. He would be eligible to play at the beginning of next semester, as he has not appeared in a game yet this season. Should he decide to grad transfer, there are a handful of high major schools with scholarships available. Schools that make sense for Tomlin include Georgetown, Kansas, Miami, Oregon, Providence, and West Virginia.”
The site also mentions that he could opt to forfeit his eligibility and prepare for a professional career. Tomlin transferring to an already loaded Jayhawks’ squad would be Jerome Tang’s worst nightmare. The worst part is, if he’s deemed eligible to play for another team, why couldn’t he play at K-State? Either way, this situation keeps getting more and more odd for Kansas State, and it appears the saga hasn’t taken its last turn just yet.