Sophomore forward Joey Schreiber recently decided he will transfer from Western’s basketball team after spring quarter.
Schreiber’s decision to transfer came after discussions with his family. He said coming off the bench did not have anything to do with his decision, and he is still willing to come off the bench at his next stop.
“The way the season went, it was time for me to move on,” Schreiber said. “This had nothing to do with my teammates.”
Schreiber informed head coach Tony Dominguez of his transfer on Monday, April 4, in the coach’s office.
Schreiber said he felt transferring could open up better opportunities for him and this decision was not based on just one reason.
An Eastside Catholic School graduate, Schreiber set scoring records in career points in high school and was a 3A all-state player as a senior. He committed to Western for the 2013-2014 season.
Schreiber scored a record 38 points off the bench against Montana State University last season, while playing a steady sixth man role. He averaged 11.6 points per game and shot a team-best 44 percent from the three point line. During his redshirt freshman year, Schreiber started 11 games and averaged 10.7 points per game.
Schreiber did not offer a specific reason for his transfer.
“It’s a hard situation,” Schreiber said. “There were many different reasons.”
Schreiber said he will most likely transfer to another Division-II school or an NAIA school. He might consider a Division-I school but most likely will go a different direction because he doesn’t want to sit out a year, he said.
GNAC rules state that any athlete transferring within the conference must spend a full academic year at the new institution before they are allowed to continue playing. Schreiber will tour schools in California and most likely transfer there, he said.
Head coach Tony Dominguez made a statement in a press release about Schreiber’s transfer.
“We wish him well, there are absolutely no negative feelings regarding his decision, we want the best for him as we do for all of our players,” Dominguez said in a press release.
Schreiber will have two years of eligibility left when he transfers.