Hargrow to transfer out of Minnesota

Updated: January 23, 2004, 5:40 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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