UMass’ leading scorer to transfer, eligible immediately

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Donte Clark, the top scorer for UMass this past season, will reportedly explore his options for his final collegiate season.

Jon Rothstein of Fan Rag Sports reported that Clark will graduate this spring and look to transfer. Clark had previously declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. Without hiring an agent, Clark retains his eligibility.

The 6-foot-4 North Carolina native averaged 12.6 points per game for the Minutemen last season. Those numbers were down from the previous year when he posted 16.1 points a night.

This is the latest exit for UMass, a roster that had almost a handful of student-athletes who had the luxury of graduating and becoming eligible immediately for the 2017-18 season. Fifth-year forward Zach Coleman and Zach Lewis, who transferred in from Canisius in 2015, both elected to become graduate transfers. Seth Berger is also reportedly weighing his options for next year.

All four were recruited by Derek Kellogg, who was relieved of his head coaching duties after nine seasons at his alma mater.

Chattanooga head coach Matt McCall was hired as his replacement at the end of last month. Despite the exodus of experience, McCall has yet to have one of his freshmen leave the program.