Latimore leaves to pursue professional career

Updated: April 18, 2005, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Dennis Latimore will not return to Notre Dame for his final year of eligibility, becoming the second Fighting Irish forward to leave school early in the last week.

Latimore, a 6-foot-9 forward who transferred to Notre Dame in 2003 following two seasons at Arizona, will graduate next month. He played one season for the Irish, averaging 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.

He's hoping to play professionally in the United States or abroad.

"I am very grateful for the educational opportunity that I have experienced and feel that my degree has prepared me for my future both on and off the court," Latimore said.

Three days ago, 6-10 forward Torin Francis announced he will forgo his senior season ta Notre Dame and enter the NBA draft. Francis averaged 9.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last season.

Irish coach Mike Brey said while recruiting Latimore they talked about the possibility of him playing just one year for Notre Dame.

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