Foster Loyer has entered his name into the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.
With his departure, Loyer is the fourth Spartan to take that plunge this offseason, joining Jack Hoiberg, Thomas Kithier, and Rocket Watts. With Aaron Henry and Josh Langford also announcing departures, Michigan State now stands at 11 out of 13 scholarships filled for next season.
Michigan State PG Foster Loyer is in the transfer portal— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) April 20, 2021
The 6-foot point guard will be looking elsewhere to finish out his college career after a junior season where he averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 assists per game. While he did start in seven games (five in conference action), he only ended up averaging 16.6 minutes per game in the 19 total games he played before suffering a season ending shoulder injury.
Despite getting the starting job at point guard to start the season, and being named a team captain, Loyer struggled in running the offense at the times. He went scoreless in his final three games of the season, and didn’t get into double-digits besides the season opener against Eastern Michigan (20) and later in the non-conference slate against Oakland (10).
With soon to be sophomore point guard AJ Hoggard and incoming freshman Jaden Akins, along with the addition of Northeastern transfer Tyson Walker, on the roster next season, and an undergraduate degree to his name (in May), it makes sense Loyer has decided to transfer. While it was disappointing to me we did not to see the old Drew Neitzel playbook of heavy screen action come out for getting Loyer looks from behind the arc, the offense overall lacked much of any punch with Loyer running it.
Here is to hoping he can find a good fit at his next stop and become the player everyone hoped for when he arrived in East Lansing.
Good luck in the future, Foster!