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Utah basketball: Alfonso Plummer entering transfer portal

Utes’ sharpshooting guard also entering NBA draft, but leaving option open of playing one more season at the college level

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Utah Utes guard Alfonso Plummer (25) passes the ball during game against Oregon State at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Utah lost 75-70 in the second-to-last regular season game of the year.

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University of Utah senior guard Alfonso Plummer announced that he is entering both the NCAA transfer portal and the NBA draft.

“I cannot explain how grateful I am to God and the blessings He has given me. I am very proud of what I have achieved as a student-athlete. The effort and sacrifice of leaving Puerto Rico for a dream was worth it. Additionally, I am grateful to my family, friends, and Utah fans for their unconditional support,” Plummer wrote in a statement.

Plummer, who is eligible to play one more season due to NCAA COVID-19 rules, has not decided on playing another year of college basketball yet.

“Utah will always have a special place in my heart, Thank you. Without further ado, after several conversations with my coaches and family, I have decided to enter the 2021 NBA Draft ‘to test the waters.’ I have also decided to enter the transfer portal to have more options if I return to play one more year of college,” Plummer wrote.

Plummer played two seasons at Arizona Western College before transferring to Utah. He spent two years with the Utes, averaging 8.4 points in his first season. Plummer averaged 13.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1 assist for the Utes in the 2020-21 season and was often a scoring spark for Utah. Perhaps the best performance of his career came in the 2020 Pac-12 Tournament against Oregon State, when he made 11-of-16 3-pointers and scored 35 points.

Plummer is the sixth Ute to enter the transfer portal, joining Timmy AllenRiley BattinLahat Thioune, Jordan Kellier and Brendan Wenzel.