The Washington Huskies men's basketball program will gain at least eight new players in 2015. It will also unexpectedly lose eight players.
Fourth-year junior big man Jernard Jarreau was granted his release from the program on Monday, according to Scout.com.
Jarreau, from New Orleans, hopes to "finish his career closer to home," a source familiar with the situation told the Seattle Times.
Jarreau averaged 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game over 21 games during the 2014-15 season for the Huskies.
The announcement of Jarreau's departure comes on the same day that Washington announced the addition of three-star guard Dominic Green to the 2015 recruiting class. Green will join four-star additions Malik Dime (Indian Hills C.C.), Marquese Chriss (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Gatorade Washington state player of the year Dejounte Murray (Rainier Beach, Wash.). The program will welcome four other three-star recruits and Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe.
Those eight players will fill the shoes of Huskies departures, notable among them graduating senior Shawn Kemp Jr., and departing sophomore Nigel Williams-Goss. Williams-Goss was granted his release from the program in early April. He told ESPN at the time that he was "uncomfortable" with some changes surrounding the program.
Sophomore guard Jahmel Taylor decided to transfer from Washington in January. Later that month, head coach Lorenzo Romar dismissed 7-foot sophomore center Robert Upshaw - the national leader in blocks - from the program for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Washington won its first 11 games during the 2014-15 season and earned a Top 25 AP ranking. Following Upshaw's dismissal, however, the team went 2-10 and lost in the first round of the Pac-12 conference tournament. The team did not make the postseason.
Williams-Goss, a 2013 McDonald's All-American widely considered the Huskies top returning talent prior to his departure, visited UNLV and Providence earlier this month, has visits scheduled to Gonzaga and Ohio State, and has interest in Texas, ESPN reported.
- Will Green