Brittany Hunter to Leave Duke

Brittany Hunter, a talented rising sophomore forward, has elected to leave Duke citing personal reasons.

The story, which first broke on TheDevilsDen.com's Women's Basketball Forum, is expected to be made official soon.

Hunter, the former #1 high school player in the class of 2003, battled through injury problems during her one season as a Blue Devil. Despite those problems, she averaged 8.1 points, and 4.9 rebounds in 27 games played.

A Columbus, Ohio native, the 6-foot-3 Hunter is reportedly considering Ohio State and UConn as possible new homes.



Official Press Release

DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Brittany Hunter has announced she will not return to the Duke women's basketball program and will transfer to another NCAA Division I institution. Hunter, a native of Columbus, Ohio, saw action in 27 games for the Blue Devils last season, while battling a knee injury.

"Obviously we're disappointed with Brittany's decision to transfer," said Duke Head Coach Gail Goestenkors. "We love Brittany and wish her and her family the best in their future endeavors."

Hunter was the consensus top-rated high school player in the nation coming out of high school in 2003 and was never fully healthy during her freshman year at Duke. She suffered a torn lateral meniscus in the third game of the season against Purdue on Nov. 23 and missed the next five contests. After returning from the knee injury, she had problems with swelling in her knee and never completely felt comfortable on the court. In addition to dealing with the knee injury, Hunter also suffered plantar fasciitis in both feet throughout the season.

For the season, Hunter averaged 8.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, while hitting 55.8 percent of her field goals.

"I enjoyed this past year at Duke and have developed some great friendships with my teammates," said Hunter. "But after thinking it over, it is in my best interest to pursue the rest of my career at another institution. The Blue Devil organization and the fans who follow the program have been wonderful to be associated with."

A three-year letterwinner at Brookhaven High School, Hunter was a McDonald's and WBCA All-America selection as a senior under head coach Reggie Lee. As a senior, she averaged 23.5 points, 17.6 rebounds and 6.0 blocks, while being named the 2003 Parade National Player of the Year. Over her career, she scored 1,344 points and 1,044 rebounds in three years at Brookhaven.

Duke, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season, will boast a 2004-05 roster of 10 which includes two seniors (Monique Currie and Wynter Whitley), three juniors (Lindsey Harding, Mistie Bass and Jessica Foley), two sophomores (Alison Bales and Caitlin Howe) and three freshmen (Chante Black, Laura Kurz and Wanisha Smith). Currie will be listed as a senior academically and junior eligibility-wise with the option to return for another season.

The Blue Devils return three starters off a team which registered a 30-4 record.


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