Travis Hanour leaves the team

In what seems like a yearly occurrence another Wildcat player has transferred shortly after the school year began. This time out it's Arizona sophomore wing player Travis Hanour that has left the team. According to head coach Lute Olson, Hanour left the team due to "personal reasons."

"Travis Hanour is leaving the program for personal reasons," said Olson. "The coaching staff and team are very disappointed with his decision, but the program will move forward."

Due to student privacy laws Olson couldn't comment further on the specifics of Hanour's leaving.

Hanour's departure leaves the Wildcats with just nine scholarship athletes and will force the Cats to rely heavily on two true freshmen at the shooting guard spot. Both Salim Stoudamire and Will Bynum will see extensive work at the two-spot. His absence also means that Rick Anderson and possibly Denis Latimore could see more time on the perimeter. It could also open the door for walk-ons Jason Ranne and Mike Schwertley.

Olson admitted that Hanour's decision leaves the team with a "huge hole."

The 6-6 Hanour averaged 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds for the Cats in limited duty a year ago. He played in 20 games as a true freshman, shooting .339 from the field.

"I thought Travis was a good player," Jason Gardner said. "He would've helped out a lot at the wing. He was a good shooter."

Hanour joins Ruben Douglas, Traves Wilson, Quinn Tebbs and Luke Recker as recent Wildcat wing players who have left the team.

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