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Vance Jackson To Transfer from UConn Men’s Basketball

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After a promising freshman season, the California native will be leaving the program.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Vance Jackson announced via Twitter that he will be leaving UConn and seeking a transfer.

Jackson will be the second player to transfer from UConn this offseason, following sophomore Steven Enoch’s news last week.

Originally supposed to be a bench piece this season, he saw his playing time rise when Terry Larrier tore his ACL in just the fourth game of the season and started 21 of UConn’s 33 contests this year.

Jackson, a top-100 recruit in the class of 2016, averaged 26.1 minutes per game, fifth among the players that completed the season healthy, contributing 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

He was a 39.7 percent shooter from three-point range, which increased to 48.4 percent in conference play. Both were tops on the Huskies. In conference play, he saw an increase in playing time, starting 15 of 18 games, getting 28.9 minutes and 8.8 points per game, good for fourth on the team.

The New Haven Register’s Dave Borges tweeted that Jackson’s father didn’t see eye-to-eye with head coach Kevin Ollie about how his son was being utilized.

With his departure, there are now three scholarships at Ollie’s disposal to secure late commitments and graduate transfers. With Terry Larrier returning from injury, the starting wing spot should be okay, but depth behind him remains an issue and Jackson was someone who had excited Husky fans with what he showed at the end of last season. Best of luck to him in his next opportunity.