More roster news for Washington's basketball program as Jernard Jarreau has asked for - and been granted - his release from the Huskies and he will look to transfer to another program for his 5th and final year of eligibility:
Jernard Jarreau is transferring from Washington & has received his release, per AAU coach Gregg Holmes. Will be eligible immediately.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 27, 2015
This marks the 4th player departure from the program since the end of the season as Jarreau joins Gilles Dierickx, Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson in leaving the team. With the loss of Jarreau, the Huskies will return just three scholarship players from the 2014-15 roster as head coach Lorenzo Romar looks to completely re-shape the composition of the team.
The announcement isn't a complete surprise as there has been speculation he could opt to utilize the 5th year transfer rule to move closer to home. The New Orleans native had a star-crossed career with the Huskies; as a rail-thin 6'10", 190 lb signee in 2011, he needed a redshirt year to build strength. His skill set as a former guard that grew 7" over a couple of years always made him an intriguing prospect, and he appeared poised to deliver on that promise as a redshirt sophomore before suffering a knee injury in the season opener that wiped out his season. He put on weight but had some difficulty adapting to his new size and feeling completely comfortable on his rebuilt knee.
With his departure, the Huskies now have 11 players set to be on scholarship with one of them (Matthew Atewe) likely forced to sit out for the year due to transfer rules. I would expect to see Romar actively pursuing 5th year transfer candidates himself to help fill out the roster for next season.
Good luck to Jernard as he looks to continue his college career.
Here is the updated scholarship chart - BK