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University of Virginia basketball player Barnette leaving program

Published On: Jul 10 2013 01:18:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 10 2013 06:48:52 PM EDT

One member is transferring, and one is dealing with an injury.


University of Virginia basketball player Taylor Barnette is leaving the team.

The sophomore guard told coach Tony Bennett that he is transferring to find a bigger playing role at another school.

Barnette averaged 2.6 points in 26 games during his freshman year at UVA during the 2012-13 season. The 6-foot-3 Lexington, Kentucky, native had a career-high 13 points in a 68-50 NIT second round win over St. John’s.

“I am grateful for the opportunity given to me by Coach Bennett and his staff,” Barnette wrote in a news release from UVA. “I will miss all of the great people I have had the opportunity to live life with this past year, especially all of my awesome teammates.”