Virginia men’s basketball guard Marial Shayok, a junior who ended the season as the Cavaliers’ second-leading scorer at 8.9 points over 20.6 minutes per game, is transferring, the school announced Wednesday. Sophomore forward Jarred Reuter, who averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 32 games this past season, will also transfer.
“Marial and Jarred informed me today that they are leaving the Virginia basketball program and are looking to transfer to other schools,” Cavaliers Coach Tony Bennett said in a statement. “I thank Marial and Jarred for their hard work and contributions to our program, and wish them success in the future.”
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The two transfers combined with the loss of forward Austin Nichols, who was dismissed from the program in November, give Virginia three open scholarships to shop on the transfer market or let carry over into next season.
Reuter played sparse minutes in 58 career games over two years at Virginia, filling in a bit more this past season after Nichols was let go. But Shayok was a solid offensive contributor who saw action in every game this season. Though susceptible to quiet spells — he finished the regular season scoring 10 points across his final four games combined while dealing with a bruised knee — the junior was one of the Cavaliers’ more efficient guards when he was on. He started 14 games in the 2016-17 season and leaves Virginia in search of someone to help power a feeble offense, especially with leading scorer London Perrantes graduating this spring.
And speaking of Nichols, the former Cav told Scout.com Tuesday he would be entering this year’s NBA draft.
“First of all I just want to thank the University of Virginia and everything they’ve done for me,” Nichols told Scout’s Evan Daniels. “I left on sort of a bad note, but I learned a lot and I grew a lot at Virginia. I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft and I’m going to be signing with Aaron Turner.”
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Nichols played just one game for Virginia before being dismissed from the program on Nov. 18 for a violation of team rules. He averaged 13.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in his final year at Memphis and was selected as a preseason all-American at the start of the year.