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Tomas Woldetensae won't return to Virginia men's basketball team for an extra year

Tomas Woldetensae won't return to Virginia men's basketball team for an extra year

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Virginia guard Tomas Woldetensae looks to pass against Kent State at John Paul Jones Arena.

Senior guard Tomas Woldetensae, who helped spark the Virginia men’s basketball team in the second half of the 2019-20 season but never got going this past year, won’t return for an extra year of eligibility, a school spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

The Bologna, Italy native transferred to UVa in 2019 from Indian Hills Community College, where he shot 39.4% from 3-point range.

With the Cavaliers, he helped ignite the offense in his first season, starting 22 of 29 games, playing 27.1 minutes and averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per outing. He hit 36.1% of his shots from 3-point range.

This year, the 6-foot-5, 197-pound Woldetensae hit 41.8% of his 3-point attempts, but never earned consistent playing time. He averaged 4.4 points while playing 13.5 minutes per game.

Woldetensae is the third senior and sixth player overall to decide not to return to UVa next season. He joins fellow seniors Sam Hauser and Jay Huff, who are turning pro, and sophomore forward Justin McKoy, sophomore guard Casey Morsell and freshman guard Jabri Abdur-Rahim, who entered the NCAA transfer portal.

The moves leave Virginia with just eight scholarship players on the current roster, a group that includes former walk-on Jayden Nixon.

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