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VCU freshman Jairus Lyles to transfer

Shaka Smart

VCU’s head Coach Shaka Smart cheers on his team against Boston College during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in New York. VCU won 69-50. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)


VCU freshman guard Jairus Lyles will transfer, the school announced on Monday. The 6-foot-2 guard out of DeMatha only played in 22 games and averaged 2.6 minutes per game during his freshman campaign.

Lyles struggled to find his shot during his freshman season as he went 2-for-20 for the season and 1-for-8 from the three-point line.

The Rams have so much depth returning at guard next season that Lyles would have had a tough time cracking the rotation for Shaka Smart’s team.

Treveon Graham, Briante Weber, and JeQuan Lewis all played significant minutes in the VCU backcourt and return next season and Lyles didn’t look very close to contributing in the Atlantic 10 based on the way he played last season.

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