Georgia Tech's James Banks III (right) and Kristian Sjolund (35) celebrate after Banks made a shot while being fouled with one second left against North Carolina State Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP photo)

Tech’s Kristian Sjolund enters transfer portal

Following a decision to redshirt this season, Georgia Tech forward Kristian Sjolund entered his name into the transfer portal, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Wednesday. Sjolund put his name into the database Tuesday.

Sjolund, part of coach Josh Pastner’s 2018 signing class, started four games last season as a freshman and played in 21. He showed particular promise as a perimeter shooter and made 33% of his 3-point attempts last season. With Pastner’s encouragement, Sjolund elected to redshirt this season to gain strength and develop his skills.

“The more he matures physically and he continues to get better, he’s going to be really good,” Pastner said in November as Sjolund considered the decision. “When he’s 22 or 23, I’m just telling you, he can be a guy that’s a dangerous weapon on the floor all over the place.”

With the fall semester at Tech about to finish, Sjolund could transfer between semesters and be eligible at this time in 2020. As he has not played yet this season, he would have 2-1/2 seasons of eligibility remaining. Sjolund is from Katy, Texas, outside Houston.

Sjolund’s entrance into the transfer database was first reported Wednesday by the website verbalcommits.com.

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