It's official: Boone will transfer

North Carolina announced today that sophomore point guard Adam Boone will transfer at the end of the spring semester. "I understand when you have a coaching transition there is going to be change," head coach Matt Doherty said. "I respect those decisions, although it is still disappointing."

"I'm sorry to see Adam go," head coach Matt Doherty said in an afternoon release. "He made a great deal of improvement last year. I was looking forward to seeing him help reestablish our program over the next two years.

"I think Adam unfairly received a tremendous amount of criticism from the media, people on the Internet and others. He feels a fresh start would be best for him at this time.

"I understand when you have a coaching transition there is going to be change. I respect those decisions, although it is still disappointing. Even though I didn't recruit Adam to North Carolina, I enjoyed being his coach these two seasons. I wish him the best wherever he decides to enroll."

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The University of Minnesota is a distinct possibility for Boone, though nothing official has been reported.

Boone averaged 7.2 points and led the team with 3.2 assists in 28 games last season. His minutes per game, 24.6, was third highest on the team. Boone also led the Heels in three-point shooting, at 43.0 percent, and from the foul line, at 81.8 percent.

Boone scored a career-high 28 points in Carolina's 95-85 win over Florida State on February 17, 2002, and had 23 points and 10 rebounds in UNC's 87-69 victory at Clemson on January 27, 2002.

As a freshman, he averaged 11 minutes per game and was in the starting lineup in seven contests, totaling 49 points and 44 assists in 32 games.

Boone attended Minnetonka (Minn.) High School and was the unanimous state player of the year, earning the top honor from the Associated Press, the Star-Tribune and Gatorade.

LINKS

N&O -- Point guard Boone asks for release

N&R -- UNC's Boone may transfer

Herald-Sun -- Boone likely to leave UNC

Star Tribune -- Boone to leave North Carolina, may play for U


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