MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota guard Maurice Hargrow has decided
to transfer, dealing a setback to a Minnesota team already off to
an 0-4 start in the Big Ten.
Hargrow met with coach Dan Monson on Thursday night to say he
wanted to transfer, the university announced Friday. His departure
is effective immediately.
Hargrow, a junior from St. Paul, was a starter averaging 31
minutes and 11.4 points per game, but had been struggling recently.
He was one of the top returners from last year's squad and also was
one of the team's best defenders.
"I met with Moe last night and he has decided it is in his best
interest to transfer," Monson said in a statement. "While we wish
him the best of luck, we are sorry to see him leave the team as Moe
was a valued member of the Minnesota basketball program."
Hargrow started all but the past two games this season. He went
scoreless against Ohio State last Saturday and was benched in the
last 15 minutes.
Hargrow's campus phone was disconnected Friday. In an interview
with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he said he didn't have any problem
with the coaches.
"I just feel this is something that's in my best interest to
do," he said.
Hargrow's departure leaves senior Ben Johnson and junior Adam Boone as the team's top guards. Johnson (11.6) and freshman Kris Humphries (22.8) are the only other players averaging double
figures in scoring.
The Gophers (8-8, 0-4 Big Ten) are on a four-game losing streak
-- all against conference teams.