CHICAGO - Matt Chastain (LeRoy, Ill./LeRoy) has announced his intention to transfer from Loyola University Chicago and will pursue his men’s basketball career at another institution. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds as a freshman in 2016-17 but had his season cut short after three games by another knee injury.
“After rehabbing another unfortunate injury and evaluating our roster for next season, Matt has decided to pursue his basketball career at another institution,” Loyola head coach Porter Moser said. “Matt is a tremendous young man and comes from a great family. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Chastain totaled season highs of five points, five rebounds and two blocks in a victory over IU Northwest on November 13. As a senior at LeRoy High School, he averaged 26 points per game and helped his team to the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state title.
Loyola welcomes in arguably its best recruiting class in years with three Chicago area standouts set to join the roster for 2017-18 – forward Cameron Krutwig from Jacobs High School, forward Christian Negron from Elgin Larkin High School and guard Lucas Williamson from Whitney Young High School – along with junior college transfer Adarius Avery. The Ramblers are coming off an 18-win season and return Third Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection Donte Ingram and MVC Sixth Man of the Year Aundre Jackson, among others.