Texas Tech basketball forward Kye'Ron Lindsay reportedly enters the transfer portal

Many outlets are reporting that Texas Tech forward Kye'Ron Lindsay has entered the transfer portal.

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According to multiple people and outlets on X, including RedRaiderSports.com, Texas Tech sophomore forward Kye'Ron Lindsay has put his name in the transfer portal. Of course, this is a move that should surprise no one.

Toward the end of the regular season, the former transfer from Georgia stopped traveling with the team or appearing on the bench during home games. Around that time, head coach Grant McCasland was asked about Lindsay's status and he said that it all revolved around the player's willingness (or lack thereof) to play defense.

"When you look at our league," McCasland said, "the top two teams in our league, the teams that are 1-2 in the standings, that are top eight in the country, that are winning our league have the two best defenses in the country. So there's been an emphasis that what we're going to do defensively, everybody has to be all-in on it. And so we're measuring who wants to guard and who wants to be about defense this time of year and if you want to, you're going to be playing and be a part of the team and if you're not, then it's not going to work."

It was an odd year for Lindsay even before he fell out of favor with the coaching staff. Prior to Devin Cambridge's injury, the plan was to redshirt the second-year player who joined the program in January of 2023 but who had to sit out that semester due to NCAA transfer rules.

However, when Cambridge was lost for the year with a knee injury, he made an appearance in the same game playing three minutes. Oddly enough, though, he would appear in only eight more games for the season making many wonder why his redshirt was burned in the first place.

Lindsay averaged only 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. His season-high in points came against TCU in Lubbock when he scored eight in 23 minutes.

There was a chance for the 6-foot-7 native of Denton, Texas to make an impact this season, though. When Warren Washington suffered his foot injury against Kansas on February 12 causing him to miss a month of action, Lindsay and true freshman Eemeli Yalaho were asked to play backup minutes in the paint behind Robert Jennings.

Yalaho made the most of that opportunity appearing in eight games during that span and averaging a respectable 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. What's more, during that time he played 12 or more minutes six times.

During that same time, Lindsay saw action in only five games. He put up only 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds and he saw double-digit minutes only twice.

Now, it appears that he and McCasland were not able to get on the same page thus ending his Red Raider tenure. Lindsay is a player with tons of physical gifts but he didn't want to do what his coaching staff asked and as a result, he'll be looking for his third college home in just over two years.