Freshman guard Daniel Bejarano will transfer from the Arizona Wildcats basketball team, the school announced Monday afternoon.
It was a move that was widely expected, as Bejarano barely played last season and Arizona appears to have a further logjam at guard next season with the addition of freshman signees Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner.
Here is the release from the university:
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona men’s basketball player Daniel Bejarano announced Monday that he will transfer to another school. He has not yet made a decision on which school he will attend.
Bejarano (Bay-har-ah-no), a 6-foot-4, 208-pound freshman guard from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 0.8 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.1 steals per game in eight appearances (no starts) this season. He averaged 3.8 minutes per game.
““I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates and all of the U of A fans for all they did to make my year at Arizona a special one,” said Bejarano. “After a number of conversations with Coach Miller and my family I have decided to pursue my goals at another institution. This is a decision I made with careful thought and with much help. My desire to have a more prominent role on the court significantly impacted my decision.”
He connected on 12.5 percent (1-of-8) of his field goal attempts, all coming from three-point range, and connected on 3-of-4 (.750) attempts from the free throw line. Bejarano notched career highs of three points on Nov. 21 vs. Northern Colorado and three rebounds vs. Idaho State on Nov. 14.
“Daniel is a great kid and teammate,” said UA head coach Sean Miller. “He had a positive impact on this year’s team because of his consistent work ethic and winning attitude. All of us here at Arizona wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Daniel leaves our program in good academic standing and continues to work hard in our spring program of strength and conditioning and skill workouts.”
There will be no further comments from members of the UA program or Bejarano’s family on this matter.