Maurice Hargrow to transfer from Minnesota

Minnesota junior guard Maurice Hargrow has decided to transfer. Hargrow was the team's leading returning scorer, averaging 13.2 points per game as junior. He was averaging 31.1 minutes, 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game this season. However, he recently was benched the final 15 minutes of the Gopher-Ohio State game and did not start against Purdue, although he did score nine points in 29 minutes.

Maurice Hargrow was one of the Big Ten's most improved players as he raised his scoring from 3.3 points as a freshman to 13.2 last season. He was a College Basketball News preseason All-Big Ten selection.

Hargrow missed the early-season workouts with a wrist injury, but scored double figures in nine of his first 12 games. However, he has struggled in his final four games, making just just nine of 31 from the floor (29.0%) and averaged just 5.5 points per game, including going scoreless against Ohio State. He had more turnovers than assists (11 to 10) duing that stretch.

Hargrow is expected to transfer to Arkansas, where former Georgetown assistant Ronnie Thompson is a coach. Thompson had recruited Hargrow for the Hoyas, but he wound up picking his hometown team.

Arkansas signed four players in the early signing period. They inked Al Jefferson, a 6-9 power forward from Prentiss (MS) High, Charles Thomas, a 6-8 power forward of Jackson (MS) Calloway, Darian Townes, a 6-9 power forward from Hargrave (VA) Military Academy and 6-11 center Steven Hill from Branson (MO) High. The Razorbacks have two-sport standout Marcus Monk, who will sign a football scholarship and Dontell Jefferson, a 6-6 small forward from Atlanta Metropolitian (GA) CC. Jefferson is a possible candidate to enter the NBA Draft.

Arkansas is currently 9-7 overall and 1-4 (last place) in the SEC West division. The Razorbacks are a young team with just two seniors in their top 10. Six of their top seven scorers are either sophomores or freshman.

Minnesota has two available scholarships with the loss of Wesley Washington and Hargrow. "I met with Moe last night and he has decided it is in his best interest to transfer," said head coach Dan Monson. "While we wish him the best of luck, we are sorry to see him leave the team as Moe was a valued member of the Minnesota basketball program."

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