Byrd Transfers To NAIA Master's College

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Credit: Michigan State University Athletic Department

Russell Byrd

May 21, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (21Alive) - Fort Wayne native Russell Byrd will transfer to an NAIA school to finish his collegiate career.

The Spartans granted Byrd's release Sunday, and the guard will move to Master's College near Los Angeles.

"Grateful to all of them for the four years at MSU and the opportunity to play for such a great program, at a fantastic University," Byrd posted on his Instagram (@RByrd0). "Going to miss all the GREAT times with my teammates more than anything, but once brothers, always brother."

Byrd was recruited by Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo out of Blackhawk Christian High School, but injuries plagued his time in East Lansing. He averaged 3.1 points per game in 35 games total games played.

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