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Brianna Banks to transfer from Connecticut

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Brianna Banks will be transferring from the University of Connecticut, the school announced on May 20. She said she intends to transfer somewhere closer to her Georgia home.

“I decided to transfer because I feel like I need a fresh start somewhere closer to home,” Banks said. “I really appreciate all that my teammates, coaches and the university have done for me and I will miss everyone at UConn dearly.”

The Newman, Ga., native appeared in 90 games during her three seasons with the Huskies. She averaged 4.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game this past season. However, Banks only received limited minutes during - the team’s NCAA tournament run – including a combined four minutes in the two Final Four games.

Banks played well during her sophomore season before suffering a knee injury that ended her season after 21 games. She averaged 7.3 points and shot 34.6 percent from beyond the three-point line in 2011-12.

"Brianna showed great heart during her time with us, whether it was on the floor or during the rehab process,” Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma said. “I wish Brianna nothing but the best in the future.”

Sophomore Saniya Chong is expected to get more time and the Huskies have four guards as part of their incoming recruiting class -- Sadie Edwards, Courtney Ekmark, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams.

If Banks transfers to a Division I program, she must sit out the 2014-15 season because of NCAA transfer rules.