Nick Vander Laan Requests Transfer

March 21, 2001

BERKELEY - Sophomore Nick Vander Laan has been granted his release to transfer from Cal, head basketball coach Ben Braun announced today.

A 6-10 center from Sacramento, Vander Laan averaged 6.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 20.1 minutes per game for the Bears this past season. He started 21 games during the year, but after missing two games with a sprained ankle in late February, played as a reserve the rest of the season. Vander Laan scored a high of 14 points against both Georgia and Oregon.

'Nick has requested to transfer for personal reasons, and I respect his decision to pursue his career goals,' Braun said. 'We appreciate the efforts that Nick has provided to our program.'

Vander Laan did not indicate which schools he is considering.

'I decided to leave Cal for personal reasons,' Vander Laan said. 'I've valued my experience in my two years at Cal. However, I feel it is important for me to pursue my basketball goals elsewhere.'

Cal finished the 2000-01 season with a 20-11 record and received an at-large bid the NCAA Tournament.

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