Coach: Cal's Gary Franklin to transfer

Updated: January 5, 2011, 7:19 PM ET
By Diamond Leung | ESPN.com

California freshman guard Gary Franklin has decided to leave Cal and transfer to a different school, head coach Mike Montgomery announced Wednesday.

"Gary Franklin informed us [Tuesday] morning that he was interested in transferring and he has left the team," Montgomery said. "We wish Gary well. We're disappointed, but we wish him well."

Through 13 games this season, 11 of which he started, Franklin was fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.2 points per game. He had converted 24 of his 82 three-point attempts.

Franklin's father, Gary Franklin Sr., confirmed the news Wednesday.

"He's leaving," Franklin Sr. said.

Franklin came off the bench in the team's most recent games against Hartford and Stanford, with the Bears inserting sophomore point guard Brandon Smith in the lineup and moving junior Jorge Gutierrez to shooting guard.

The 6-foot-2 Franklin was one of the most sought-after point guard recruits in the nation coming out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.

Cal, the defending Pac-10 champion, is 7-6 this season and left with eight available scholarship players.

Diamond Leung covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at diamond83@gmail.com.