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Dorchester's Coombs-McDaniel leaving UConn

5/5/2011

Nearly a month after helping UConn capture its third national championship, Dorchester native and former Tilton (N.H.) standout Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is transferring out of Storrs.

Courtesy ESPN.com news services:

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut sophomore Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who was scheduled to appear in court Thursday on a charge of marijuana possession, has been granted permission to speak to other schools and will be transferring from the university.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun made the announcement Thursday. Coombs-McDaniel is in the process of completing the spring academic semester.

"Jamal and I met recently and, although he loves the program, he would like more playing time," Calhoun said in a statement released by the university. "He and I both agree that he may have more opportunity for that playing time in another program."

Coombs-McDaniel, a swingman from Dorchester, Mass., played in all 41 of UConn's games during its national championship season, and started twice. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds.

"He was a very important part of our national championship this season and I know is capable of great success in the future," Calhoun said in the statement. "We wish Jamal the best of luck athletically and academically where ever he decides to continue his college career."

Coombs-McDaniel was arrested April 21 along with two people at Merritt Hall, a dormitory on UConn's campus. According to a police report, he and the others were found in possession of 5.6 grams of marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a package of cigars used to smoke marijuana.

He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $500 non-surety bond and and had a Thursday date to appear in Rockville Superior Court.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.