CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett announced Thursday (March 23) that redshirt junior guard Darius Thompson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) is leaving the Cavaliers' program. Thompson is the third player to transfer from UVA following the 2016-17 season along with sophomore forward Jarred Reuter (Marion, Mass.) and junior guard Marial Shayok (Ottawa, Ontario).
"Darius Thompson informed me he has decided to play his final season at another school following his graduation from Virginia," Bennett said. "Although you never want to see young men transfer, I understand this is part of coaching. Darius, Marial, and Jarred feel it's in their best interests to pursue other options for the remainder of their college careers. I will always appreciate the contributions they made to our program.
"Two of our main priorities for Virginia basketball are to continue to build a winning culture and serve the young men in the program. I know Darius, Marial and Jarred have been served well and have also been part of a winning culture during their time at UVA.
"As we look forward, we have a strong nucleus of players returning and I'm excited for their continued development. As a staff, we are focused on finding student-athletes who want to be a part of this program and all the University of Virginia has to offer."
Thompson averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 assists in 70 career games during the two seasons he played at Virginia.
In 2016-17, Virginia tallied a 23-11 mark en route to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cavaliers have tallied 23 or more wins in each of the last five seasons and have been ranked in the AP top-25 poll for 64 straight weeks.
UVA will return six players in 2017-18 who received significant playing time last season: seniors Isaiah Wilkins (Lilburn, Ga.) and Devon Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.), junior Jack Salt (Auckland, N.Z.) and sophomores Kyle Guy (Indianapolis, Ind.), Ty Jerome (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Mamadi Diakite (Conakry, Guinea). Rising redshirt freshmen De'Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Jay Huff (Durham, N.C.) and incoming freshman Marco Anthony (San Antonio, Texas) will also push for immediate playing time.
Cooper Thriving Under New StaffSwimming & Diving12/12/17A senior from Atlanta and one of the team's captains, Caitlin Cooper set the UVA women's record in the 50-yard freestyle early this month in Athens, Georgia.Hazzard Aiming to Uphold Family TraditionTrack & Field, Cross Country12/11/17A freshman from Long Island, New York, Halle Hazzard is the younger sister of Payton Hazzard, who was an All-America sprinter for the Cavaliers.UVA's Campbell Winners Share Special BondFootball12/6/17UVA is the only ACC school with multiple winners of the prestigious Campbell Trophy: Tom Burns in 1993 and Micah Kiser this year.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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