Kanon Koster

Kanon Koster averaged 16.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a freshman for UNK last season.

KEARNEY — Kanon Koster will continue his academic and basketball career at the Division I level.

On Monday night, the former University of Nebraska at Kearney guard announced via Twitter that he will be transferring to the University of South Dakota.

South Dakota plays in the Summit League, which includes University of Nebraska Omaha.

"Excited to say I have committed to the University of South Dakota to play basketball!" Koster wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to all of my teammates and coaches that have helped me along the way!"

Koster announced he was transferring from UNK in hopes of playing at the Division I level on March 5.

He will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2019-20 season.

Despite the Lopers’ lack of success last season, they received a steady offensive output from Koster throughout his freshman season.

He averaged 16.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in 28 contest. He also scored in double figures in 26 of the Lopers’ 28 games and notched four double-doubles this season. He scored a career-high 31 points on Jan. 26 against Missouri Western.

He also finished with a team-high 104 turnovers for a 3.7 per game average. Coach Kevin Lofton said midway through the season that Koster’s turnovers were due to his aggressiveness and desire to make plays but thought he was progressing in that area.

Koster was one of two freshmen players to transfer after the season. Henry Penner is transferring to Wayne State.

Koster, a Kearney High graduate, held an offer from Division I McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. and received interest from other Division I schools before committing to the Lopers as a high school senior on April 10, 2018.

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