Media Statement From UCLA Freshman Matt Carlino

Dec 10, 2010, 18:54 ET from Matt Carlino

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Matt Carlino, the talented young freshman on the UCLA Bruins team, released this statement today to the media:

"It is with great humility that I declare my intentions to transfer from UCLA. I want to thank the University, Coach Howland and his staff for affording me the opportunity of a lifetime. However, I believe a new destination would be much healthier for me both personally and athletically. I sincerely apologize to all those, especially those closest to me, who may find my decision disappointing, and I want to wish all of my coaches and teammates at UCLA the best of luck going forward.

"I hope to be enrolled in a new educational institution by next semester, though I've not yet determined my schools of interest. I will have no further comments on this matter."

Background: Matt Carlino is a 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound guard from Scottsdale, Ariz., who played high school basketball at Bloomington South HS, Bloomington, Ind. Carlino led the Bloomington South HS to a 23-1 overall record as a junior in 2009/2010, averaging 13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The team won the Conference Indiana title with a 7-0 record and was ranked as the No. 1 team in the state for most of the season. In the 2009/2010 season, Carlino made the Indiana Junior All-Star Team and the All-Conference Indiana Team.

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