Barbee noted that the point guard told him that he wants to be closer to his family in Silver Springs, Maryland.
"Jerome came to me and expressed that he hadn't truly recovered emotionally from his time at Rutgers," Barbee said. "It is important to him that he continues his academic and athletic career closer to home where he can be near his immediate family and get the support system that he needs."
Seagears played two seasons Rutgers, was expected to be eligible to play for the Tigers for the 2013-14 without sitting out because Rutgers released all of its players from their scholarship obligations. However, the point guard is looking into the possibility of returning to the Rutgers team, which has a new coaching staff.
He was rated four stars as the No. 18 point guard prospect in the country by Scout.com when he signed with Rutgers. He averaged 32 points, 9.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds at Flora McDonald Academy in North Carolina for the 2010-11 season.
As a freshman at Rutgers he averaged 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists while starting 25 games, including the final 22 of the season.
As a sophomore he started 19 games and averaged 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 points per contest. He hit 37 percent of his field goals and was 32-84 on threes (38.1 percent). The point guard hit 73.8 percent of his free throws last season.
With Seagears gone the Tigers have just one point guard for the upcoming season--freshman Tajh Shamsid-Deen.