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Yacoubou to transfer from Villanova

Sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou has confirmed to a New York-based web site that he is transferring from Villanova.

Yacoubou to transfer from Villanova

Villanova´s Achraf Yacoubou, right, dribbles against Louisville´s Chane Behanan. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Villanova's Achraf Yacoubou, right, dribbles against Louisville's Chane Behanan. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou has decided to transfer from Villanova, according to web reports.

The 6-foot-4 Yacoubou, the New York state player of the year in 2011, averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 31 games for the Wildcats during the past season. He was fourth on the team with 21 three-point baskets, shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc, and had a season-high 13 points in a win last December over Penn.

However, he saw his playing time decrease toward the end of the season, and did not play in three of Villanova’s last six games.

CBSSports.com broke the news of the transfer. Yacoubou later confirmed to Zagsblog, a New York-based web site, that he had received his release from Villanova. He said he wanted to play more.

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“Since there are freshmen coming in and they are mostly guards, I felt it was best for me to leave,” he told the web site in a text. “I thank them for the opportunity to play at Nova but it’s time to move on.”

Yacoubou said he was interested in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Georgia Tech, Miami and UNLV.

Through a spokesman, Villanova coach Jay Wright declined comment.

--Joe Juliano

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