This is why you should sit out a year
Tony Bennett had Virginia's basketball team off to its best start in more than a decade this past season when two players came to him with news that put a damper on his Christmas holiday.
K.T. Harrell, a sophomore guard who made 15 starts as a freshman but whose playing time was diminishing, and James Johnson, a redshirt freshman front-court player who hadn't yet cracked the rotation, were leaving in their second seasons to go elsewhere.
They left immediately, exiting a program that was 10-1 and had won eight straight games.
The departures set Virginia back, Bennett said, taking away two players that had more than a year of schooling in his system, and proved to be part of a near epidemic.
Research by one of his assistants found that more than 400 players transferred last year, and the rash of departures has been a hot topic whenever coaches get together, he said.
The biggest culture change, he said, is how quickly players decide to leave.
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06-22-2012, 11:23 AM #1
Rash of transfers has hurt and helped in Virginia