The East Tennessee State basketball team lost a junior-college transfer for the second time this year when Darius Forest left the team.
Forest, a 6-foot-6 junior wing, had not appeared in a game for the Bucs.
“When guys leave, it usually comes down to one thing, playing time,” ETSU coach Murry Bartow said. “Everybody wants to play, and when they’re not playing, the grass looks greener somewhere else. And that’s kind of what happened in that situation.”
Forest came to ETSU from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he averaged 13 points and six rebounds a game. His departure came as a mild surprise to his ETSU teammates.
“He talked to us about some of it, but he was really just more to himself about it,” ETSU forward Lester Wilson said. “We were teammates, but he was really more to himself.
“He was a quiet person, but he’d talk to you. He just wouldn’t really let a lot out. In a way we were surprised, but at the same time, you understand. You have to do what you have to do.”
Forest was the second junior-college transfer to leave the ETSU program this season. Leonard Smith, who came from Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., left during preseason practice.