This story has been updated with more information including a comment from a California spokesperson.
COLUMBIA — Former Rock Bridge all-state basketball player Ricky Kreklow announced Thursday he is transferring from California.
"This was not an easy decision, but after careful thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to transfer," Kreklow said in a statement. "I have enjoyed my time at Cal and will miss the many friends and mentors I have connected with along the way."
Kreklow’s father, Wayne Kreklow, is the Missouri head volleyball coach, and his mother, Susan Kreklow, is the director of volleyball operations.
Ricky Kreklow's transfer announcement comes nine days after the school hired Cuonzo Martin as the new men's basketball coach.
"This is not related in any way to the change in coaching staff at Cal," Kreklow's statement said.
Martin said in a statement, "We fully support Ricky's decision. We appreciate everything he has done for our program and wish him and his family the best moving forward."
Kreklow is on track to graduate from Cal this summer with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
"Most importantly, I plan to graduate in good standing and will proudly own a degree from the nation's No. 1 public institution," Kreklow's statement said.
California spokesman Doug Drabik said, "I do not know," when asked where Kreklow would transfer.
Kreklow's parents did not respond to phone calls Thursday evening.
The 6-foot-6 Kreklow played in 24 games in 2013-14, starting 17 and missing 11 with a broken hand. He averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
His 2012-13 season was less productive, because he missed 24 games with a broken foot, according to the San Jose Mercury News. He redshirted during the 2011-12 season after transferring to California from Missouri.
The Columbia native played basketball at Missouri his freshman year. He averaged 2.1 points per game and 9.8 minutes per game in 2010-11 under then Tigers coach Mike Anderson. When he decided to transfer in June 2011, Frank Haith had just become coach at Missouri.
Kreklow twice earned all-state honors at Rock Bridge and helped lead the Bruins to the state playoffs each of his three years on the varsity squad. He was also Mr. Show-Me Basketball's award winner in 2010.
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