Achraf Yacoubou to transfer from Villanova

Achraf Yacoubou to transfer from Villanova
April 4, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Updated Friday, April 2 at 12:20 p.m.

Achraf Yacoubou has been granted his release and will transfer from Villanova, the school confirmed Friday.

The sophomore guard appeared 31 of the Wildcats 34 games this season, averaging 2.9 points in and 2.6 rebounds in 12 minutes a night. CSNPhilly.com confirmed his release with a source Thursday afternoon.

“Ash has been a valued member of our Villanova Basketball family for two years,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “He is looking for a more prominent role. We are grateful to Ash for the two outstanding years he spent with us as a member of the Villanova Basketball family.”

Yacoubou played a larger role in coach Jay Wright's rotation early in the season but saw is minutes dwindle during the latter half of conference play. He averaged just four minutes per game and did not score in his final seven appearances. He didn't see the floor in three of Villanova's final six games, including its NCAA tournament loss to 8-seed North Carolina on March 22.

Yacoubou was part a deep Villanova backcourt that included Ryan Arcidiacono, James Bell, Tony Chennault, and Darrun Hilliard, all of whom will be back next year. Guard Dylan Ennis, who sat out the 2012-13 season, will also be eligible for the Wildcats after transferring from Rice last year.

CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman, who first reported the story, lists Saint Louis and Pitt as two teams interested in acquiring Yacoubou.