The back-to-back Mid-American Champs are losing their leading scorer.
Starting guard Lamonte Bearden is transferring from the University at Buffalo. A source tells 7 Eyewitness Sports Anchor Shawn Stepner Bearden feels he is good enough to play in a "power-five" conference.
BREAKING: Univ. at #Buffalo has granted starting G Lamonte Bearden his release to transfer. Source says he wants to play in power 5 program.
— Shawn Stepner (@StepnerWKBW) July 13, 2016
The loss of Bearden is a big blow to the Bulls. As a sophomore he led UB per game in points (13.7), assists (4.2) and minutes (29.9).
Bulls head coach Nate Oats released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“I spoke with Lamonte Bearden last week about his basketball future and he thought it would be in his best interest to transfer. Even though I am disappointed in his decision, I want him to be at peace with where he is at. He has been given his release to pursue other options.
As we have done since we’ve been here, we will move on and continue to win at a high level. We are truly excited about the players we have here and the upcoming season.”
What schools is Bearden considering as his next stop? ESPN's Jeff Goodman had an initial list:
Buffalo transfer Lamonte Bearden gave following list to Bulls, per source: Nevada, Arizona, TCU, Texas A&M, Wisc., Marquette, Iowa St, Miami
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 13, 2016
Last February UB suspended Bearden after he tested positive for marijuana. A source tells Stepner Bearden was not facing any discipline prior to his decision to transfer.
Follow Shawn Stepner on Twitter: @StepnerWKBW
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