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Gonzaga grants transfer request of forward Manny Arop

Manny Arop, a valuable reserve as a freshman whose playing time dwindled over the second half of his sophomore season, has been granted a release from the Gonzaga men’s basketball team.

Arop is expected to continue his career at another school. Under NCAA rules, the 6-foot-6 wing would have to sit out one season if he transfers to a Division I school.

“Manny is an awesome individual, a great teammate, a great guy who just wants the opportunity to go play more somewhere else,” head coach Mark Few said in a Gonzaga release. “He’s been great around our team, our staff and my kids, but he thinks there might be opportunities to play more at another place. He’s going to explore those opportunities. We wish him the best.”

Arop, who left his native Sudan as a youngster to move to Canada, averaged 3.5 points and 3.8 rebounds as a freshman. He had four points and eight boards in a West Coast Conference tournament semifinal win over Loyola Marymount before suffering a broken foot.

Arop was prominent in the rotation, starting eight games and averaging 15.8 minutes in his 28 appearances, but his playing time declined with junior guard Marquise Carter’s emergence over the last 15 games of the season.

Zags deep on wings

Gonzaga is pretty well stocked at the guard/wing position with Carter, Mathis Mönninghoff, Demetri Goodson, David Stockton, Mathis Keita and Mike Hart expected to return, and incoming recruits Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell Jr., Kyle Dranginis and Chris Sarbaugh (Gonzaga Prep).

Midland (Texas) JC guard Guy Landry, 6-5 and 210 pounds, is visiting Gonzaga this weekend and former USC shooting guard Bryce Jones, who left the Pac-10 school after separate disputes with a teammate and a resident advisor at his dorm, will visit next weekend.

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