MORGANTOWN - Bob Huggins was looking at a situation in which he'd promised scholarships to four players beginning next season when he only had three to give. That problem was solved Monday, though in an odd fashion as the West Virginia coach granted transfer requests to three sophomores.
The team announced guards Jabarie Hinds and Aaron Brown and forward Volodymyr Gerun "asked for their releases and plan to transfer" on the first day students were back in class after spring break.
Huggins told the Charleston Daily Mail he doesn't expect any other players to leave the program.
Gerun is a redshirt sophomore who arrived in the summer, but Hinds and Brown were part of the seven-player 2011 recruiting class that followed the team's 2010 Final Four appearance.
Hinds, Brown, Pat Forsythe and Tommie McCune have transferred.
Dominique Rutledge was a senior this past season and guard Gary Browne and forward Keaton Miles are still with the program.
"All I want to say is what I've said since they've been here, which is that they're great kids, which they are," Huggins said. "They're great kids and I wish them all well."
Hinds was a four-star, top-100 recruit out of New York's Mount Vernon High that gave Huggins forward Kevin Jones. Hinds slumped as a sophomore, though, and finished sixth in scoring despite ranking first in shot attempts and third in minutes.