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Desmond Simmons will transfer from UW basketball program

Desmond Simmons will transfer from the Washington Huskies men's basketball program, UW coach Lorenzo Romar confirmed.

Simmons wrote a message on his Instagram account on Friday night thanking UW fans for their support over the last four seasons, then wrote that he is transferring. Simmons, who was a redshirt junior in 2013-14, has one year of eligibility left. Assuming he leaves UW with his degree, he will be eligible to play somewhere next season as a fifth-year senior.

Simmons' departure -- along with the graduation of C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell -- leaves the Huskies with one open scholarship for next season, assuming signees Donaven Dorsey and Tristan Etienne, as well as junior-college transfer Quevyn Winters, each arrive on campus as expected.

Simmons, a 6-foot-7 forward from Vallejo, Calif., averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14. He missed the first 10 games of the season after undergoing minor knee surgery, then returned on Dec. 22 and averaged 21.0 minutes per game thereafter. Simmons made 10 starts, and scored in double-figures in five games, including four during Pac-12 play.

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