Winston-Salem State could be on the verge of losing one of its top players from this past season as star guard Samage Teel has announced his intention to enter the transfer portal.
Teel has played each of the past two seasons with the Winston-Salem (not including the 2021 season canceled due to COVID-19).
The Rams guard averaged 11.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 30 games this past season.
“I want to start off by saying thank you, WSSU. These past years have been nothing but short of amazing. I want to take the time out to thank the coaching staff who believed in me and gave me a chance to play the game love,” Teel stated in an Instagram post.
“I also want to thank and appreciate all the amazing people that I met at WSSU. Y’all will forever be with me. To my teammates and brothers. I can’t thank you guys enough. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve everything. However, it’s with a heavy heart that I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal. Thank you Ramily for all the memories.”
Teel played a huge role in the Rams clinching a berth in the CIAA championship game, hitting the game-winning shot to knock off the top-seeded Virginia Union in the semifinal round of the CIAA tournament.
Winston-Salem State would go on to win the CIAA championship defeating Lincoln (PA) 62-57. Teel was the leading scorer in the game, with 14 points connecting on 8-of-10 free throw attempts.
As an eight-seed in the Division II Basketball Tournament, Winston-Salem nearly pulled off an upset in the first round over the top-seed Indiana University of Pennsylvania but fell short, losing 52-50 thanks to a shot in the final seconds.
Teel also led the Rams in scoring in that game with 11 points adding eight rebounds and five assists.