SEATTLE – College basketball’s free-agency season continues to exact its toll on the Washington Huskies roster.
This time it’s Jernard Jarreau, a fifth-year-senior-to-be, who is leaving the UW program. A school spokesperson confirmed on Monday that Jarreau has been granted a full release from his scholarship and will transfer elsewhere.
Assuming Jarreau completes his undergraduate degree at Washington – which seems likely, given the fact that he’s transferring – he will be immediately eligible to play his final season at any Division 1 school in 2015-16.
Jarreau is the fourth player to transfer from UW’s program since the end of last season. Star point guard and leading scorer Nigel Williams-Goss, junior-to-be Darin Johnson and reserve center Gilles Dierickx were the first three.
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A 6-foot-10 forward, Jarreau started all 21 games in which he appeared in 2014-15, finishing the year with per-game averages of 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds.
He missed the entire 2013-14 season after tearing the anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee a little more than one minute into the season-opener. After making a full recovery to return for the 2014-15 season, Jarreau played 13 games before underdoing surgery to repair the meniscus in the same knee. He missed 10 games before returning for the final eight games of the season.
His departure drops UW’s scholarship total to 11. And it came on the same day the Huskies officially announced the addition of 6-foot-6, 175-pound freshman small forward Dominic Green, a top-100 prospect, according to Scout.com, from Renton’s Hazen High School.
Green will be the eighth new addition to the Huskies’ roster in 2015-16, joining Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe – a 6-foot-9 forward who must sit out the upcoming season – as well as the highly-touted group of six recruits who signed national letters of intent in November.
Fifth-year senior guard Andrew Andrews, senior guard Quevyn Winters and sophomore guard Donaven Dorsey – assuming none of them transfer – will be the only returning lettermen on UW’s roster in 2015-16.
The only remaining big men on UW’s roster are incoming freshmen Marquese Chriss (6-foot-8) and Devenir Duruisseau (6-foot-8), and 6-foot-10 junior-college transfer Malik Dime.
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