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Notes: Matt Humphrey to transfer from BC

In the middle of a rebuilding process, Boston College lost an important piece.

Matt Humphrey, the team’s second-leading scorer, will transfer after playing just one year at the Heights, according to a school source.

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The 6-foot-5-inch senior transferred to BC from Oregon two years ago.

BC declined comment with the Chicago native out of town for spring break.

Because Humphrey will graduate this spring, he will not have to sit out a year at his next stop.

Humphrey was one of the few veterans on Steve Donahue’s young roster. He averaged 10.3 points per game and led the team in minutes (30.3).

When Oregon coach Ernie Kent was fired in 2010, Humphrey was one of several players to leave.

He sat out the 2010 season, the Eagles’ first under Donahue.

UConn denied waiver

The NCAA turned down the University of Connecticut’s final appeal on behalf of its men’s team for a waiver of recently instituted academic requirements - a decision that likely will keep the Huskies out of next year’s postseason.

UConn doesn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament because of several years of below-standard Academic Progress Rate scores. It had requested the waiver, arguing that recently instituted reforms have led to improved scores over the past two seasons.

UConn said its appeal failed, though the school is still hoping to become eligible for the 2013 postseason by having the rules changed again to allow it to submit more recent test scores.

The Big East also plans to implement a rule next that would bar any team that fails to academically qualify for the NCAA Tournament from the conference postseason as well.

Connecticut’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy, said he had stayed out of the fight until now, but finds the decision to reject the waiver request “absolutely outrageous.’’ He is calling on the NCAA to allow UConn and any other schools facing sanctions a chance to show that their current student athletes qualify for the tournament.

“It’s as if they’ve decided to get UConn, one way or the other,’’ he said.

Walter Harrison, the chairman of the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance, has said that the body will consider in April or July whether to adjust reporting dates to allow schools to use scores from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic year.

Manuel would not discuss how the decision might impact Jim Calhoun’s tenure at UConn. The coach has said he will announce a decision soon about whether he will return for his 27th season at the school.

Melo chooses NBA

Syracuse center Fab Melo is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice was held out because of eligibility issues. The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for Syracuse (34-3) this season. He was named the Big East’s defensive player of the year after leading the conference with 88 blocks . . . North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo said he’ll return to school for his sophomore season instead of entering the NBA draft. The 6-9 forward improved significantly after junior John Henson missed three games late with a sprained wrist. McAdoo was regarded as a possible first-round pick when he entered college. The Tar Heels are losing four starters, including NBA early entrees Henson, Harrison Barnes, and Kendall Marshall . . . Isaiah Canaan decided to return to Murray State for his senior year. The second-team AP All-American lifted the Racers to their best season ever (31-2) . . . Western Kentucky guard Derrick Gordon, the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer and rebounder, said he will transfer.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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