Update (12/15, 9:00 a.m.)
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports this morning that Neil Fingleton will transfer to Holy Cross.
"He's gone," (Lang) said. "The only thing that would keep him from transferring is if he failed an exam, but I doubt that's going to happen. I'm going to miss the big Brit."
A source very close to the Durham, England, native said the center will transfer to Holy Cross.
"It's a done deal," the source said. "He'll be taking classes at HC in January, and he'll be eligible to play next January" ... (Fingleton heading to HC )
Update (12/15, 7:00 a.m.)
The Raleigh News & Observer addresses the Fingleton situation in this morning's paper.
Neil Fingleton, the tallest player in the history of the North Carolina basketball program, is at least contemplating a transfer at the end of this semester, and he has told some people in the Tar Heels program that he will leave.
"He's gone," teammate Kris Lang said after practice Friday ... (Fingleton faces big decision)
Update (12/14, 10:00 a.m.)
UNC head basketball coach Matt Doherty was asked this morning during his media teleconference about the Inside Carolina report last night (see below) that stated Neil Fingleton was considering a transfer:
"I know there's some speculation out there," Doherty said. "Right now Neil's concentrating on exams, and we're concentrating on Binghamton. That's just speculation. That happens a lot when kids don't play."
12/13, 10:30 p.m.
North Carolina 7-5 redshirt-freshman center Neil Fingleton, the tallest player in the program's history, is contemplating a transfer to a school where he can get playing time.
According to sources close to the situation, Fingleton could ask for – and be granted – his release from the University at the conclusion of the semester.
The sources also said that Holy Cross is the odds-on favorite to land the England native, who played his high school ball just minutes from Holy Cross – at Holy Name High in Worcester, Mass. Pittsburgh and Duquesne are also in the mix to land the big man.
Fingleton was a McDonald's All-American who averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks his senior year at Holy Name, but he was a medical redshirt last season after undergoing back surgery.
He played well for Great Britain at the World University Games this past summer in China and the hope in Chapel Hill was that he could be a significant contributor this season.
"I've come far," Fingleton told Inside Carolina after the Blue-White exhibition in late October. "I couldn't really do a lot last year. Back surgery is a big thing. I just wasn't the same. I'm starting to feel better again, and my conditioning is getting better, has gotten better, and I think it will get better. There's always room for improvement."
But Fingleton hasn't fit into Tar Heels coach Matt Doherty's offense thus far this season. He has played in just one game this season – totaling four minutes and one rebound.