August 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

Kenny Kaminski kicked off Michigan State basketball team, coach Tom Izzo says

A redshirt freshman in 2013-14, Kenny Kaminski played in 31 games, averaging 4.9 points and 1.5 rebounds. His 3-point percentage was .494, best in the Big Ten. (Dale G. Young)

East Lansing — On Saturday, Michigan State sophomore basketball player Kenny Kaminski announced on Twitter he was transferring to another school.

On Monday, the Spartans issued a statement saying Kaminski was dismissed from the team.

“Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny Kaminski could not live up to the obligations necessary to be a part of our program,” coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. “Being a Spartan is a special opportunity, and at Michigan State we do everything we can to provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes. With that privilege also comes a responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program.”

A redshirt freshman in 2013-14, Kaminski played in 31 games, averaging 4.9 points and 1.5 rebounds. His 3-point percentage was .494, best in the Big Ten.

But despite his promise as a scorer — enough that he was expected to vie for a starting spot this season — Kaminski often dealt with issues off the court that saw him land on the bench and go through two separate suspensions.

He was suspended for both exhibition games and the first two regular-season games in 2013-14 for academic issues. Kaminski was suspended for a second time in December and missed games against Oakland and Texas before returning just prior to the start of Big Ten season.

“Although this is disappointing, it is just a minor setback as we are coming off one of the best summers in recent years,” Izzo added in the statement. “I remain excited about the prospects of our team moving forward. We have a group of individuals dedicated to a common goal and they are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their lofty standards, and ready to push each other to be the best they can be.”

Michigan State will now likely rely more on incoming freshmen Marvin Clark and Javon Bess this season, but Kaminski’s departure does open another scholarship for the 2015 class, one that sees the Spartans still high on the list of several top prospects, including forward Caleb Swanigan of Fort Wayne, Ind., and guard Jalen Brunson from Lincolnshire, Ill. Both are listed as five-star recruits.