West Virginia sophomore Maciej Bender is leaving the program after two seasons in Morgantown, W.Va.
The Mountaineers’ official Twitter account announced the news on Monday with a statement from coach Bob Huggins.
“We have enjoyed [Bender] and his contributions to Mountaineer basketball,” he said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins announced today that sophomore forward Maciej Bender has asked for his release and plans to transfer.
“We have enjoyed Magic and his contributions to Mountaineer basketball,” Huggins said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) April 9, 2018
The 6-foot-10 forward from Warsaw, Poland, played in 58 games in two seasons with the Mountaineers. He started once against America on Nov. 15, 2017, but he never saw more than 18 minutes of play during his sophomore season.
Bender averaged 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds per game, and he accumulated 19 blocks and 15 assists over two seasons.
Bender represented Poland at the U20 European Championships Division B group in 2016. He was also invited to the Poland Senior National Team training camp, and he was the youngest player to be invited to the event, according to wvusports.com.
Despite playing a limited role, Bender played for two West Virginia teams that went to the Sweet 16 back-to-back years and won 54 games.