“Obviously, there might be some time period when he’s exploring, but if he wants to look at another school, then obviously he wouldn’t be with us during that time period,” Pastner said.
If he were to transfer, he would be ineligible to play until after the 2020 fall semester ends at his new school, at which point he would have 2½ more seasons to play.
In his tweets, Sjolund wrote that he has a “great connection” with Pastner and praised Tech as “a great academic school with awesome people, great basketball team with a super group of guys and coaching staff.” However, he continued, in order to find the “best place to continue my development, I have, with the support of my family and my Coaches, decided to put my name in the transfer portal to evaluate other school options.”
Pastner’s decision to allow Sjolund to consider a transfer and leave the door open to return to the team is not that usual. Pastner’s preference is that he would come back to the team.
“I want to do what’s best for our young men,” Pastner said. “And for guys who do a great job on and off the floor, if this is something that they maybe want to take a look at, I don’t hold grudges or anything like that. I’m not that type of guy. Kristian’s a fine young man.”
Pastner’s plan in wanting Sjolund to redshirt is for him to be a significantly better player as a redshirt senior than he would be this season. Sjolund showed promise as a perimeter shooter last season, making 15 of 45 3-point tries.
“I think he’s got a chance to be a really good player,” Pastner said.