Hoop Squad Shrinks Again

For the second time this year, guard Jay Hewitt has left the Mountaineer basketball team, and this time the move appears to be permanent.

"Jay Hewitt has decided to transfer to a Division II school it looks like right now, " said head coach John Beilein in a prepared statement. "I did not want him or urge him to do that but I do support his decision. He's a great kid and we wish him well. He really wants to play and by mutual agreement I guess he believes it's going to be hard for him to break into this lineup right now."

The evidence bears that last sentence out, as Hewitt had seen no action for WVU this year. A sprained ankle had hampered Hewitt in recent days.

No word was available on a possible transfer destination, but Florida Gulf Coast and Radford are two schools on the list of possibilities. Florida Gulf Coast has three West Virginians on the roster, including Bryan Crislip, Ryan Hopkins and Noah Shepherd. All three played at Parkersburg South High School. Radford had recruited Hewitt as a high school player before he signed with the Mountaineers.

The transfer leaves WVU with only 11 players available for duty on the current roster, including four walkons.

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