Trapani plans to transfer from Vermont

Updated: April 12, 2007, 9:50 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Vermont star freshman forward Joe Trapani informed the coaching staff that he is transferring for reasons that are not basketball-related.

"Joe Trapani met with me yesterday to inform me that he is leaving UVM," head coach Mike Lonergan said in a statement Thursday. "I was shocked and extremely disappointed to hear this, as were Joe's teammates and our assistant coaches. ... I will help him in any way I can and wish him the best of luck."

The Burlington Free Press first reported the story Thursday night. Trapani was considered one of the top rookies in the America East and a rising star in the league. He averaged 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Trapani was quoted in the paper as saying that his reasons for leaving the team weren't basketball-related.

He helped lead the Catamounts to an America East regular-season title and an NIT appearance.

His departure comes on the heels of head coach Mike Lonergan earning a new five-year extension. Trapani's first career start came at Boston College, where he scored 13 points in the upset of the Eagles at Conte Forum.

Trapani, who will have to sit out a season, will likely be coveted after what he showed in his first season in Division I. The 6-foor-7 freshman from Madison, Conn., will likely be a hot commodity in the spring.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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