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Freshman Ben Eaves to Leave Men's Basketball Program

STORRS, Conn. (March 20, 2007)-- University of Connecticut freshman forward Ben Eaves (Lancashire, England) is leaving the basketball program, it was announced by Head Coach Jim Calhoun Tuesday afternoon.

“Ben and I met this week and he let me know that he has decided to continue his college career at another institution,” said Coach Calhoun. “While I am sad to see Ben leave, I completely understand his feelings and will do everything I can to help him transfer to a school where he can enjoy the best experience for him as a student and as a basketball player. I wish him nothing but good luck in the future.”

“I have really enjoyed my year here at Connecticut and this has been a tough decision for me and my family to make,” said Eaves. “I am excited about what is in store for me in the future and appreciate that the year here at UConn has made me a better player and person. I look forward to finding a school in the next several weeks that will help me continue my college experience, both as a student and as an athlete. Until then, I will continue to work hard here in the classroom and finish the semester strong.”

Eaves appeared in 11 games as a freshman at UConn in 2006-07. He attended Worcester (Mass.) Academy in 2005-06, where he averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists for Coach Ed Reilly. He has represented England three times in international competition and attended Cardinal Newman College (H.S.) in England. He was named the English Cadet Player of the Year in 2003-04.