West, a 6-foot-9 senior, was one of only 11 players in the nation to average a double-double last season with 12.2 points and 10.8 rebounds. His 5.9 offensive rebounds per game led the country and were the most in the NCAA in 20 years.
The Brooklyn, New York, native was averaging 9.6 points and 7.7 rebounds this season but he recently fell out of the starting lineup and his playing minutes were declining under first-year coach Eric Musselman.
West said in a statement provided to the Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday (http://tinyurl.com/j6zw8qo) that he's leaving for undisclosed personal reasons and doesn't ''want to be a distraction to the team.''
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com