Miami grants release to James Kelly

James Kelly averaged six points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games for the Hurricanes.

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University of Miami men’s basketball player James Kelly has been granted a release and will transfer.

Head coach Jim Larranaga announced the news Friday.

"I have made the difficult decision to transfer from the University of Miami," Kelly said in a release. "I believe it is in the best interest of my family that I continue my education and basketball career closer to them. I would like to thank Coach L for the opportunity he gave me and all of his support during this year."

A 6-foot-7 junior forward from Ann Arbor, Mich., Kelly averaged six points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games for the Hurricanes.

"We support the decision James has made to continue his academic and athletic career closer to family," said Larranaga. "We wish him nothing but the best."