Then in the afternoon, Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz announced that junior guard Michael Gerrity was leaving the program.
Lutz said in a prepared statement, "I'm very surprised and disappointed with Mike's decision, however, I have to respect what he and his family have decided is best for him. I hope that things turn out the way he wants them to."
The California-native may be leaving, but not just yet. The so-called fall 2008 semester has been underway for two weeks. Gerrity, who has a steady 3.0 GPA, will complete the semester before moving on.
There has been speculation that Gerrity's experience, as the backup to point guard Dijuan Harris during the Labor Day weekend exhibition tour of Toronto, Canada, played a role in his departure. The 49ers won all three games.
In last weekend's first two games (game 3 stats not avaiable), Gerrity averaged 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and had a 2.25 assist / turnover ratio in just over 20 minutes per contest.
Last season, Gerrity averaged 4.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists with a 2.39 a/to ratio reserve behind Harris. he started four games. Harris (2.77) and Gerrity had the the top two a/to numbers in the league last season.
Harris, who was originally slated to be a walk-on last season, won a scholarship in August 2007. He started 30 games for the 20-14 program.
Gerrity's collegiate career began at Pepperdine. He started al1 21 games in which he played, and averaged 14.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists to go along with a 0.91 a/to ratio in 33.2 mpg. He was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team.
He was a mid-year transfer to Charlotte in spring 2008. Last season played in 26 of the team's 34 games, starting four.
Note: I don't know if those 4 games are the same ones Harris didn't start. -- DC.