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Eastern Illinois' Cam Burrell (10) comes away with a steal in the first half of EIU's 80-60 win over Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 31, 2019 at Lantz Arena.

Eastern Illinois is losing a member of its frontcourt to transfer.

Freshman forward Cam Burrell announced on social media Wednesday afternoon that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal and plans to continue his college basketball career elsewhere.

Burrell averaged 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game as a freshman in 2018-19. The 6-foot-7, 175-pound forward shot 54 percent from the field. He played in 24 games, making two starts.

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After missing eight games due to injury in EIU’s non-conference portion of the schedule, he became a consistent rotation player during conference season. He recorded a double-double and had four blocks in a Jan. 31 win over Eastern Kentucky, assisting in EIU’s group effort that held EKU to 23.7 percent shooting inside 3-point range and forced EKU's high-scoring forward Nick Mayo into a 5-for-19 shooting game.

EIU has two spots open for 2019-20 after Burrell’s departure. The Panthers have three players scheduled to arrive next season. Vincennes University (Ind.) forward George Dixon and Highland C.C. (Ill.) guard Deang Deang were spring additions, while McLennan C.C. (Texas) forward Jordan Skipper-Brown signed in the fall.

Burrell becomes the second player to transfer from EIU this offseason, joining forward Ben Harvey, who left the program in March after averaging 10.2 points as a freshman. Burrell will have to sit out the 2019-20 season at his next destination unless he obtains a waiver. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Contact Patrick Engel at (217) 238-6856. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickEngel_

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