Innocent Nwoko transfers from Central Michigan

RS Sophomore center Innocent Nwoko looks to grab the in-bounds pass on Dec. 30 at McGuirk Arena.

Preparing for his third season with the Central Michigan men's basketball team, Innocent Nwoko was in an offseason battle for the center position with NJCAA transfer Rob Montgomery.

Montgomery earned the start in the first game of the season, and that was the end of Nwoko's chances. He never got an opportunity to get lengthy playing time in the 2018-19 season.

Nwoko announced his decision to transfer away from the program on March 28.

"I have decided to ask for my release and reopen my recruiting process," Nwoko wrote on Twitter. "I will forever be grateful for my experience spent as a Chippewa. I am thankful for the opportunity the entire coaching staff has given me throughout my time here.

"I'd like to thank my teammates who became more like brothers to me. This decision took a lot of thought, but this is a decision that will best benefit me in my future."

Wherever Nwoko ends up, he has two years of eligibility remaining.

After taking a redshirt in the 2016-17 season, the 6-foot-11, 232-pound center took the court for the first time in 2017-18. He played in 28 games, averaging 2.9 minutes per contest.

As a redshirt freshman, Nwoko logged 0.7 points and 0.6 rebounds per game.

Nwoko played in just 20 games a season later in 2018-19, but he averaged 5.3 minutes per game. He averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds for the Chippewas.

His best game as a redshirt sophomore was a seven-point performance in 14 minutes against Chicago State on Nov. 9.

"Wherever I decide to go is going to be the continuance of a great story to be told," Nwoko concluded in his Twitter post.