Saturday, March 19, 2016

FAMU forward Malcolm Bernard confirms he's leaving the program

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida A&M forward Malcolm Bernard will finish his collegiate career with a different team.

Bernard confirmed in a phone interview with the Tallahassee Democrat he is leaving the team. He led the Rattlers in points (14.4 per game) and rebounds (7.1). He also led the team with 119 assists.

Bernard has one year of eligibility left.

"I just wanted another opportunity," Bernard said. "An opportunity to do something different. I believe to do that, I have to separate myself from FAMU. You have to do what's necessary, especially when you're trying to reach other goals."

Bernard said he's "weighing his options" in regards to where he'll transfer, but the decision to leave "wasn't easy." He said was granted his release Monday afternoon.

This is the second year in a row FAMU's leader has left the team. Guard Jermaine Ruttley (who also led the Rattlers in points, assists and rebounds) transferred after the 2014-15 season and now plays for Arkansas-Little Rock. The Trojans (29-4, 17-3 Sun Belt) will play fifth-seeded Purdue in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Ruttley averages 3.4 points per game for the Trojans.


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