Merrill Grad Jesperson Leaving Virginia Basketball

Former NewsChannel 7 basketball All-Star Paul Jesperson has decided to transfer from the University of Virginia and continue his basketball career elsewhere.

On his twitter account, @pjuva2, Jesperson said: "I want to thank my teammates and coaches for my experience at UVA. I wish the best for them and look forward to continuing my career."

NewsChannel 7 spoke with Paul's dad, James, earlier on Monday and he said that it's Jesperson's desire to transfer to another Division 1 program. In doing so, he would be required to redshirt for one season, then would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

The sophomore guard averaged 4.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and scored a career-best 12 points in an 80-69 victory at Maryland on Feb. 10. Jesperson started 33 of 35 games this season.

He's the fifth player to transfer since Bennett arrived in 2009.

Jesperson is Merrill's all-time leading scorer.

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