Mississippi State sophomore guard Twany Beckham will be transferring to another program after receiving his release from the team effective immediately.
Beckham confirmed the news to the Starkville Daily News Wednesday afternoon while walking out of Humphrey Coliseum where he had just informed the MSU coaching staff of his decision.
“Looking at next year we’re going to have four point guards and it’ll be tough for me to get time," Beckham said. "Even next year, we'll have four point guards including me."
Beckham, a 6-foot-5 point guard, was averaging 2.9 points and two assists per game in 15.7 minutes in the first two months of the 2010-11 season.
MSU officials confirmed Beckham's release from MSU is a standard version that will allow him to be immediately contacted by any school in the country including the other 11 Southeastern Conference institutions.
"Just basically lack of playing time guys and y'all can look at our roster and see that pretty easily," Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury said. "Twany's a good kid and a good student. It's very easy to look out there and where your minutes come from. I can't fault him for his decision."
Beckham, who will not be enrolled at MSU for the spring semester, sat out the 2009-10 season after having surgery on both hips to remove bone spurs.
When the Louisville, Ky., native came back for the 2010-11 season, he was given the starting point guard role early in the season as junior Dee Bost was forced to sit throughout the first semester and an additional nine games for missing the withdraw deadline in the NBA Draft.
"You look at Twany's minutes knowing that Dee is coming back, it's going to b difficult for him to play the amount he wants to and I can't fault him for that," Stansbury said. "He just wants the opportunity to be a starter."
Stansbury announced Wednesday Bost would start when MSU (8-6) opens up Southeastern Conference play at Humphrey Coliseum Saturday against Alabama (3 p.m., SEC Network) with junior-college transfer Brian Bryant as his primary backup.
"We would've been three deep at point (with Twany)," Bost said. "Everybody would've gotten a chance to play if he stayed."
Beckham is the second MSU player to transfer this season after the Bulldogs program announced Elgin Bailey's request for transfer following his incident with sophomore forward Renardo Sidney in the stands at the University of Hawaii.
After the press conference, Stansbury strongly denied the consistent speculation that Bailey, a 6-foot-8 junior forward was asked to leave the program.
"That's flat out not true," the Bulldogs 13-year head coach said.