Virginia's Byars to transfer to Vanderbilt

University of Virginia basketball forward Derrick Byars will transfer to Vanderbilt beginning this summer, according to a report from the <i>Memphis Commercial-Appeal</i>. Byars, who was recruited out of Memphis-Ridgeway High School by Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2004-05 season.

University of Virginia basketball forward Derrick Byars will transfer to Vanderbilt beginning this summer, according to a report from Wednesday's Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Byars, who was recruited out of Memphis-Ridgeway High School by Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2004-05 season.

The 6-7, 215-pound forward announced his intentions of transferring from the Cavaliers in April, but never specified a reason. As a sophomore, Byars started 18 games, averaging 7.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game.

Why Vanderbilt?

"It's a combination of academics and athletics. It's a fresh beginning at a new place and the opportunity to do something special at a great program," Byars told the Commercial-Appeal. "The program seems like it's going in the right direction right now. At this point, it's a great fit for me.

"I didn't feel like I was getting the most out of my career out [at Virginia]. We just didn't see eye-to-eye on a lot of things."

Byars also considered Tennessee and Mississippi State as possible transfer destinations. He will begin taking summer courses at Vanderbilt next week.


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