Adrian Oliver to Transfer from Husky Hoop Team

Dec. 4, 2007

SEATTLE - Sophomore Adrian Oliver is leaving the University of Washington men's basketball team and will transfer to another school, Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard participated in five of the team's seven games, averaging 11.2 minutes in those outings. He scored at a 3.4-point clip this season with 1.8 rebounds per game for the Huskies, who have a 4-3 record.

'He let me know today,' Romar said of Oliver's intention to transfer. 'He thought being away from home was something that he could adjust to. But being here has just been too difficult for him, being away from his family.

'Freshmen, when they get away from home, usually are homesick. Just about every one of them go through it. Most don't (leave) after that period. But in Adrian's case it was a little more difficult for him. He's been injured as much as anyone and that doesn't make it any easier.'

Oliver struggled through an injury-plagued season, including a back injury suffered last week that prevented him from taking the team's recent road trip to Oklahoma State. A knee injury kept him out of the Nov. 18 home game against Eastern Washington.

When he was playing, Oliver was forced to wear a protective mask since he underwent surgery after breaking his nose during the final contest on the team's five-game tour of Greece in early September.

Oliver cited family issues as his primary reason for transferring.

'At this point my family needs me and I need to be closer to them. I'm going to find a school down there where I can be with my family at the same time.'

He will leave at the end of the quarter.

Washington's fall quarter ends Dec. 7 with final exams the following week that conclude Dec. 14.

A product of Modesto Christian (Calif.) High School, Oliver played all 32 games last season as a freshman for the Huskies who posted a 19-13 record. He started 13 games. Oliver averaged 4.7 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Oliver's finest game came Nov. 24, 2006 against Eastern Washington. He tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

'I love his family, they are good people. Adrian is a good person. It's just one of those things,' Romar concluded. 'You never want to see anyone go, but at the same time we'll move on.'

The Huskies host 12th-ranked Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 8 at noon Pacific Time in Bank of America Arena. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased on-line at GoHuskies.com or by calling 206-543-2200.

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