West Virginia's No. 2 scorer decides to transfer

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After a breakout sophomore season, West Virginia guard Eron Harris has elected to transfer closer to his Indianapolis home, leaving the Mountaineers without their second-leading scorer.

Harris, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 17.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.

“I have enjoyed my time at West Virginia University the past two years, but I want to transfer closer to home,” Harris said in a statement Monday. “I want to be closer to my family, especially being around my little brother.”

The Mountaineers saw their 17-16 season end with a 77-65 loss against Georgetown in the first round of the NIT March 18.

With no seniors on the roster, West Virginia wasn’t expecting to lose any pieces before next season.

In 2012-13, Harris averaged 9.8 points per game to become the first freshman to lead West Virginia in scoring since Warren Baker did it in 1972-73.

Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins, a Morgantown, W.Va., native, started his college career at Ohio before transferring back to West Virginia after his freshman season.

“We have enjoyed Eron and his contributions to Mountaineer basketball,” Huggins said.

“Of all people, I certainly know what it is like to be closer to family and friends, that’s why I did it as a student-athlete then as a coach.”

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

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