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Latimore leaves to pursue professional career

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.