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Virginia guard Casey Morsell enters transfer portal

Virginia guard Casey Morsell enters transfer portal

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Virginia guard Casey Morsell, right, shoots over Saint Francis forward Myles Thompson (5) during the first home game of the season at John Paul Jones Arena

Virginia sophomore guard Casey Morsell has added his name to the growing list of college basketball players in the NCAA transfer portal. Morsell announced his decision on social media on Thursday.

“Today, I have made the decision to enter the transfer portal,” Morsell wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank the UVa family for a great experience and opportunity to grow. Please keep me in your prayers as I prepare for my next step in this journey.”

The four-star prospect out of Fort Washington, Md. played in 23 of the Cavaliers’ 25 games this season, averaging 4.4 points and 1.3 rebounds.

Morsell scored seven points in 16 minutes of playing time in the Cavaliers’ loss to Ohio in the first round of this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Virginia is slated to return Kihei Clark, Reece Beekman and Trey Murphy next year. All three guards saw more playing time this season than Morsell. UVa also has a pair of highly-touted freshmen guards expected to return in Jabri Abdur-Rahim and Carson McCorkle, in addition to junior guard Kody Stattmann who missed most of this season with a non-COVID-related medical issue.

Morsell is the latest player to enter the portal, which figures to be as busy as ever this offseason. The NCAA ruled that the 2020-21 season did not count against players’ eligibility and it’s expected to pass a one-time transfer waiver that allows players who transfer to play immediately instead of sitting out a season.

The ACC just removed a rule blocking players from transferring from one school to another within the conference.

UVa’s rival, Virginia Tech, has already seen two guards put their name in the portal — Jalen Cone and Joe Bamisile.

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