Matt Derenbecker Leaves LSU Basketball Team

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU forward Matt Derenbecker, who
started 16 games as a freshman last season, is withdrawing from

His father, John Derenbecker, says his son is academically eligible to continue playing for the Tigers, but has struggled to perform as well in the class room as he or his family expected.

John Derenbecker says his son received his release from LSU on
Monday and now hopes to transfer to another school as soon as
possible, but will take a year off from playing before resuming his
college basketball career.

The 6-foot-7 Derenbecker averaged 6.5 points in 32 games, with a
season-high 19 points against Mississippi. LSU coach Trent Johnson says he appreciates that Derenbecker is going through a "tough time" and that basketball is not his priority right now.

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