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Byrd leaving Michigan State for NAIA school

Russell Byrd will finish his college basketball career at his parents’ alma mater.

The former Blackhawk Christian standout will transfer from Michigan State to The Master’s College, the Spartans confirmed Wednesday. The Lansing State Journal was the first to report Byrd’s move.

Master’s College is in an NAIA school in Santa Clarita, California, and Byrd will be eligible to play next season as he moves down to a lower level from NCAA Division I.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound guard spent the last four years with the Spartans, but his once promising career never really got started because of a left foot injury.

Byrd broke his foot before his freshman year at Michigan State. The injury required three surgeries in less than a year, with the final one coming in May of 2011.

Byrd didn’t play as a freshman at Michigan State. He played in 77 games for a total of 526 minutes, scoring 110 points and collecting 58 rebounds.

Byrd needs to complete one more class at Michigan State to earn his economics degree, according to the Lansing State Journal. But because the NAIA doesn’t accept graduate transfers, he will complete his degree online or return to Michigan State next summer after completing a liberal studies degree at The Master’s, according to the Lansing State Journal.

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