By Joe Scalzo
Youngstown State men’s basketball players Nate Perry and Cale Zuiker are leaving the team, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman.
Perry, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Greensburg, Pa., appeared in 24 games last season, averaging 2.2 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. He averaged 8.1 minutes per game this season, the second-highest total among reserves behind Josh Chojnacki’s 9.6.
Perry originally joined the team as a preferred walk-on two years ago and was on scholarship this winter.
Zuiker, a 6-foot-9 freshman power forward from Marshfield, Wis., played in just 14 games, averaging 3.2 minutes per game last season. He was also on scholarship.
Neither Perry nor Zuiker responded to an interview request.
A Youngstown State spokesman had no comment about the report. YSU coach Jerry Slocum is in New Orleans for the Final Four and was not available for comment.
The departures will leave the Penguins with two extra scholarships and the coaches are expected to bring in at least one junior college transfer, most likely a post player. Division I men’s programs are allowed 13 scholarships.
YSU signed two players in November: Bobby Hain, a 6-9 forward from Jupiter (Fla.) High, and Ryan Weber, a 6-7 forward from Roncalli High in Indianapolis. Those two players received the scholarships left by departing seniors Ashen Ward and DuShawn Brooks.