Freshman center Samson Froling will be returning to his home of Australia to pursue professional basketball, head coach Greg McDermott announced today. Froling played in 30 games for the Bluejays off the bench, averaging 3.6 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game. His top performance came against Coe College, where he scored 17 points in 21 minutes.=
McDermott spoke on Froling’s departure. “We appreciate his contributions and respect his desire to play professionally… we will continue to support him in his future endeavors.”
Prior to Creighton, Froling played at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia, where the 7-footer was a four-star recruit and the no. 143 overall prospect according to 247sports.com. In Australia, he played on two International Basketball Federation (FIBA) teams, where he led Australia’s teams to win the FIBA U17 Oceania Championship and the FIBA U18 Asian Championship.
Samson’s departure does not require the Bluejays to go searching for another big man, however, as sophomore center Jacob Epperson will look to return next season after sitting out the last half of the season due to back and knee injuries.