On Thursday afternoon, CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman reported that Villanova sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou has been given his release from the university and will transfer.
Achraf Yacoubou has been given his release by Villanova. Both Pittsburgh and Saint Louis interested.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 4, 2013
Yacoubou is an original native of the Bronx and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in New York back in 2011. Yacoubou has struggled to develop in two seasons at Villanova. After a freshman season in which Yacoubou averaged just over ten minutes per game, that number only increased to 12 per contest as a sophomore.
During the 2012-13 season, Yacoubou averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He finished ninth on the team in scoring.
With Pittsburgh and Saint Louis already on the radar of the Villanova transfer, it probably won’t take too long for Yacoubou to find a new home. Yacoubou made very few appearances down the stretch for the Wildcats and has not scored in a basketball game since Feb. 9. Yacoubou scored a season high 13 points against Pennsylvania back Dec. 8.
Out of high school, Yacoubou was a high-major commodity. He attended Long Island Lutheran High School (NY).
Yacoubou will have two years of eligibility remaining and will likely have to sit out the 2013-14 season per the NCAA’s rule on transfers. There is no timeline for Yacoubou to visit or decide on his next destination.
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