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Wed., Sept. 11, 2013, 6:24 p.m.

Gonzaga recruit McClard backs out

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves confirmed Wednesday that the school has granted a release to touted recruit Bayli McClard of Hanford, Calif.

McClard, a 6-foot-1 forward who was named the Fresno Bee’s Player of Year in 2012, spent one day in Spokane with her family in late August before returning home, Graves said.

“I think she just decided it was too far from home,” Graves said from the recruiting trail in Oregon.

Graves said he didn’t know McClard’s plans or if she’ll face any penalties if she wants to play college ball elsewhere. McClard had originally given Fresno State an oral commitment before changing her mind and selecting Gonzaga.

Her departure leaves Emma Wolfram, a 6-5 center from South Kamloops (British Columbia) High, as GU’s lone recruit for the 2013-14 season. The Zags graduated just two players from the 2012-13 team that won its ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title.




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