McArver, who signed with UNC in November of 2002, was a standout player and student at Forestview High School. A three-time conference player of the year and honorable mention All-America, she has been enrolled at Carolina since the second session of summer school and went through the preseason as a part of the team. She decided to leave the team before practice started last Saturday.
"First of all, I love Coach Hatchell and all the assistants, I love every member of the team, and I think the program here is unbelievable," McArver said. "My decision to leave the team has nothing to do with them. It's all about me and my decision that I need to focus on my academics here in college. I felt the most fair way to do this would be to leave the team before the season started."
The Tar Heels play their first exhibition game on Nov. 5 and open the season on Nov. 21 with a home game against St. Francis.