Junior guard White will transfer from Duquesne

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Junior guard Tra'Vaughn White has been granted a release and will transfer from Duquesne, head coach Jim Ferry announced Thursday.

White spent one season with the Dukes after transferring last spring from Independence Community College. He averaged 7.4 points in 16.6 minutes per game as a sixth man.

"Tra'Vaughn is a great kid and a great teammate who will always be part of our Duquesne family," Ferry said in a statement.

"He made the decision to pursue other opportunities and we, as a staff, are committed to supporting him in his transition.

"We wish him nothing but the best."

It's not a particularly surprising move.

White opened the season as starting guard but was soon eclipsed by sharp-shooting sophomore Micah Mason, A Highlands graduate who averaged 10.4 points per game and shot .566 from 3-point range -- the 10th-best 3-point percentage in NCAA history.

White struggled defensively in the Atlantic 10 and, at 5 feet 10, created a bad pairing when he and starting sophomore point guard Derrick Colter (5-11) were on the court.

White's departure leaves another scholarship open for the 2014 recruiting class. Ferry has secured commitments from guard Eric James (Westerville, Ohio) and forward TySean Powell (Cleveland).

Stephen J. Nesbitt: snesbitt@post-gazette.com, 412-290-2183 and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.

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