During each of the past two seasons, Purdue center Sandi Marcius demonstrated glimpses of potential, particularly as the season was nearing an end.
The redshirt senior-to-be's solid play to close this past men's basketball season will not be built upon next year - at least not with the Boilermakers.
Marcius has requested and been granted a release from his scholarship, Purdue head men's basketball coach Matt Painter announced Thursday.
“We have invested four years and significant resources into helping Sandi develop from both an educational and athletic standpoint,” Painter said in a release. “Certainly, having Sandi here for a fifth year was in our plans and we anticipated him having a great final year in our program. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Overall, Marcius didn't produce consistently, as he spent most of this past season playing behind freshman A.J. Hammons. But just as he did a year ago, Marcius was at his best in March.
He averaged just 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 29 games this season, but those numbers rose to over seven points per game and nearly four rebounds per outing over the final six games.
Marcius began the season as a starter after playing very well on an exhibition tour in Italy last August. However, he ultimately was benched and didn't see action in five games during a mid-season stretch. However, later in the year, he worked his way back into the rotation and Painter often lauded him for his work ethic and positive attitude.
The native of Nedelisce, Croatia, played in 75 games for the Boilermakers, averaging 2.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest.
Purdue will still have an abundance of depth up front, as Hammons returns for his sophomore season, as well as Travis Carroll (senior) and Jay Simpson (redshirt freshman).
There is a glut of forwards, as sophomore Rapheal Davis leads a group that includes Donnie Hale (redshirt sophomore), Jacob Lawson (junior) and incoming freshman Basil Smotherman.
Painter will now have one open scholarship to use for next season.