Report: Penn basketball loses 3 players in one day

Report: Penn basketball loses 3 players in one day
April 14, 2014, 6:00 pm
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None of Tony Bagtas (left), Henry Brooks (center) and Julian Harrell (right) will be returning to Penn's team next year. (USA Today Images)

Penn basketball lost three players on Monday. One was kicked off the team for facing burglary charges. Another is hoping to transfer. A third is leaving on his own volition.

Freshman Tony Bagtas was released from the team after being charged with 10 burglaries that took place in Penn student housing between September and March, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Bagtas was released prior to being arrested on March 24, the report said.

A highly touted recruit, Bagtas told the DP in a March 2013 interview that he would "run the team" when he arrived at Penn. The point guard averaged 2.1 points and 2.0 assists in 20 games (six starts) for the Quakers. He has a court appearance set for May 12.

Per a second report, sophomore Julian Harrell and junior Henry Brooks will also not be returning to the team next season.

Harrell, a 6-foot-5 guard from Los Angeles, has received permission to seek a transfer from Penn. He posted a letter from the university confirming this to his Instagram account. He averaged 5.8 points for the Quakers after not playing as a freshman because of injury.

Brooks, the Quakers' most experienced rising senior going into next season, is supposedly staying at Penn for his senior year and simply opting not to play. As a freshman, Brooks was one of the first players off the bench on a Quakers squad that finished second in the Ivy League and two wins shy of earning an NCAA tournament berth. They finished 21-13 that season.

After a 9-22 showing in 2012-13, Penn was picked second in the Ivy League preseason poll in 2013-14 but finished second-to-last at 8-20.

The Quakers have a 57-85 cumulative record and no tournament appearances in the past four-plus seasons under head coach Jerome Allen, who is rumored to be on the hot seat.

Penn, which will also lose five players to graduation going into next year, has nine active players on its roster, including three which saw very little playing time as freshmen this past season.