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Leading scorer Tevon Saddler leaves UNCG program

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As a sophomore in 2014-15, guard Tevon Saddler led UNCG in scoring (13.4 ppg) and assists (4.0 apg) while also grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. After earning third team all-conference honors last season, Saddler was expected to lead the way for a team that returns five of its top six scorers from a season ago.

However things have changed, with it being announced by Miller Saturday evening that Saddler has left the team. And it’s a move that caught Miller’s program by surprise as they’re just one week away from their season opener against Greensboro College.

“Our entire program was caught off guard by Tevon’s decision to quit our team a week before our first game,” Miller said in a release. “The timing of this makes it very difficult for me to understand his decision. That said, our focus is on the young men in our locker room that our committed to this program and committed to each other”

To have this occur at this juncture in the team’s preparations for the upcoming season, especially when it was a surprising decision, is tough for UNCG. With Saddler’s departure junior guards Diante Baldwin (10.2 ppg, 3.5 apg) and Clay Byrd (5.5 ppg) become even more important players for the Spartans, with forward Kayel Locke (12.6, 5.7 rpg) and center R.J. White (11.8, 6.9) now the team’s leading returning scorers.

UNCG was picked to finish sixth in the SoCon in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Locke joining Saddler as a preseason all-conference selection.

h/t Brian Hall, WFMY-TV Greensboro

Tevon Saddler will return to UNC-Greensboro

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UNC-Greensboro’s hopes for next season took a positive turn on Sunday morning when it was announced Tevon Saddler, the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, would return to school.

The 6-foot-4 guard had looked to transfer earlier this spring.

“We are pleased to announce that Tevon is rejoining our program,” UNC-Greensboro head coach Wes Miller said in a statement. “He handled the transfer process with a great deal of maturity, and after looking at a variety of different universities he felt that his heart was still at UNCG. On his own accord, he reached out to all of his teammates individually to ask for their blessing to return to the team. I have been impressed with his humility and thoughtfulness throughout this process. He is eager to get back to work with his teammates and continue to help us achieve the lofty goals we have for this program.”

Saddler was second on the Spartans in scoring, and led the team in assists with 12.5 points and 2.9 assists per game.

The UNCG program had taken its share of hits this offseason with rotation players Jordan Potts and Tyrone Outlaw leaving the program and top scorer Kyle Cain turning pro.

The Spartans were 14-18 (7-9 SoCon) last season, finishing sixth place in the conference.