BREAKING: Sparks enters the transfer portal for the second-straight year

Sophomore center Payton Sparks reacts to dunking the ball into the basket in a game against Kent State Feb. 21 at Worthen Arena. Sparks had 12 rebounds during the game. Amber Pietz, DN
Sophomore center Payton Sparks reacts to dunking the ball into the basket in a game against Kent State Feb. 21 at Worthen Arena. Sparks had 12 rebounds during the game. Amber Pietz, DN

Exactly one year from entering the transfer portal, Ball State Men's Basketball's Payton Sparks is on the move again, he announced today in a Twitter post.

The sophomore center averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds this season while accumulating 29 blocks and 59 assists. Sparks was named to the All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) Second Team this season as the Cardinals went 20-12 (11-7 MAC) and lost to Ohio 90-70 in the first round of the MAC Tournament – the Cardinals second-consecutive first round exit from the postseason.

"It has always been a dream of mine to play at the highest level of college basketball," Sparks said in the Twitter post. "With that being said, I feel like it's in my best interest to chase my dream and enter the transfer portal. There will always be a place in my heart that is Ball State!"

Sparks enters the portal after junior guard Luke Bumbalough and junior guard Kaiyem Cleary both announced their intentions to leave Ball State.

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