Center: 'Things just didn't work out'

Updated: May 3, 2005, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Martin Iti, the 7-foot center who entered Charlotte's program with high expectations, said Tuesday he was leaving the 49ers after two disappointing seasons.

"I enjoyed my time and had a good experience," Iti said. "Things just didn't work out."

Iti started 27 of 29 games for Charlotte last season and averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. He led the 49ers with 48 blocked shots and 38 dunks.

Iti flirted with entering the NBA draft after his freshman year, participating in pre-draft camps. Because he did not hire an agent, he was able to return to Charlotte for his sophomore season.

"We appreciate all the contributions that Martin provided in his two years at Charlotte," coach Bobby Lutz said. "He has been a very good teammate and will be missed. We wish Martin the very best in his future endeavors and well follow his career."


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