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Cormac Ryan enters transfer portal

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Cardinal guard testing the waters

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Stanford Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Per Jeff Goodman, Stanford guard Cormac Ryan has entered the transfer portal.

This is by all accounts unexpected. Ryan struggled to stay healthy, but started 17 of his 24 caps as a freshman, playing 28.5 minutes per game. Despite streaky shooting, he averaged 8.7 points. With the departures of KZ Okpala and Marcus Sheffield, he seemed primed for a significant role.

Entering the portal does not mean he has committed to leaving. Rather, he is declaring his intention and will gauge interest. At this time there is nothing to indicate the decision is final.

Should he leave, he would become the fifth Cardinal transfer in the last three years (Reid Travis, Robert Cartwright, Sheffield, Malcolm Allen), but the first one recruited by Jerod Haase. Stanford hasn’t had a player transfer prior to graduation since Schuyler Rimmer in 2015.

His departure would also mean two vacant scholarships for this upcoming season. At this stage in the game, it might be difficult for the staff to fill the spots. Many schools in this spot would look to the grad transfer market, but that’s a bit more difficult when you’re Stanford.