Any hope that Washington State could build off its strong finish to an otherwise bad season has gone out the window after seeing its top two scorers leave the program. A day after junior Robert Franks put his name into the NBA Draft, sophomore Malachi Flynn announced he would transfer.
— Malachi Flynn (@malachi_flynn3) March 27, 2018
Flynn averaged 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-best 4.3 assists per game this season for the Cougars, starting 30 of 31 games. The 6-foot-1 guard shot 41.3 percent overall and 33.8 percent from three-point range, leading WSU with 77 triples.
He scored 22 points in a 64-62 overtime loss to Oregon in the first round of Pac-12 tournament on March 7, ending the Cougars’ season at 12-19. WSU won three of its last seven games, including a Feb. 15 game in which Flynn scored a career-high 30.
Flynn and Franks, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, combined to score 44.5 percent of Washington State’s points this season. With them leaving the top returning scorer is junior guard Viont’e Daniels, who averaged 9.0 points per game in 2017-18.