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October 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Tristan Etienne leaves Washington

W.J. Mouat forward Tristan Etienne, left, and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar

W.J. Mouat forward Tristan Etienne, left, and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar

Freshman Tristan Etienne has left the Washington program citing personal reasons, the school announced Monday.

The 6-9 forward from Abbotsford, B.C. will remain in school for the fall quarter and will not pursue a transfer at this time, UW said in a press release.

“We are truly sorry to see Tristan leave us,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by UW. “In his short time here, he has been a model citizen and shown to be a high level student.”

Etienne had been a medical marvel after returning to the basketball court after undergoing open-heart surgery January 11, 2012. He was diagnosed with atrial septal defect – a congenital heart disorder.

Losing Etienne hurts Washington’s front line depth considering he drew praise from Romar after a surprising offseason and may have cracked the rotation. The Huskies are without Desmond Simmons, a 6-7 senior forward who transferred to Saint Mary’s.

Washington has just four players taller than 6-7 including Jernard Jarreau (6-10, junior), Robert Upshaw (6-11, sophomore), Shawn Kemp Jr. (6-9, senior) and Gilles Dierickx (7-0, junior).

The Huskies will likely lean heavily on Jarreau, who is returning from knee surgery, and Upshaw, the promising transfer from Fresno State. Kemp and Dierickx are the only returners, but they combined to average 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds last season in limited action.

Washington has just 11 scholarship players on the roster. It appears as if the Huskies will have four scholarships available next season if no one else leaves. The Huskies have received verbal commitments from four 2015 recruits, including Dejounte Murray, Marquese Chriss, David Crisp and Matisse Thybulle.

It will be interesting to see if losing Etienne affects Jermaine Haley, a 2016 recruit who committed to Washington. Haley played with Etienne on the AAU team Drive.

 

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