Georgia Tech’s Kristian Sjolund to transfer to UTEP

Georgia Tech freshman forward Kristian Sjolund has been redshirting this season.

Former Georgia Tech forward Kristian Sjolund signed his grant papers to transfer to Texas-El Paso.

Sjolund decided to transfer from Tech after the finish of the Yellow Jackets' season. UTEP made the announcement Wednesday.

Sjolund, who is from the Houston area, has three seasons of eligibility remaining. If the NCAA passes legislation that will enable all Division I athletes to transfer once without having to sit out, as expected, Sjolund would be able to play next season.

“I love Kristian,” Tech coach Josh Pastner said. “We wish him nothing but the best. He was a great representative of Georgia Tech both as a student and as an athlete, and UTEP’s getting a really good person and player for their program.”

Sjolund played in 21 games as a freshman in 2018-19, scoring 63 points in 198 minutes. He chose to redshirt this past season to focus on developing his skill and strength. He considered transferring between the fall and spring semesters but decided to stay at Tech.

UTEP was 17-15 last season and 8-10 in Conference USA.

Jackets players Evan Cole and Asanti Price also entered the transfer portal after the season. Cole will play for Utah Valley as a grad transfer. Price has yet to make a decision.