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Stephenson and Moore to Transfer from UNCW

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Jerel Stephenson and Kevon Moore, who recently completed their first seasons with the UNC Wilmington men’s basketball team, have been granted permission to contact other institutions about the possibility of transferring, third-year head coach Benny Moss announced late Tuesday. The Seahawks completed the 2008-09 campaign with a 7-25 record and dropped a 77-65 decision to Hofstra in the opening round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. “I want to wish Jerel and Kevon the best of luck in their future endeavors,” said Moss. “While they are moving on with the next stage of their lives, I’m looking forward to working with our team to get ready for next season.” Stephenson, a 6-5, 205-pound guard from Augusta, Ga., started 23-of-28 games for the Seahawks, but missed the final four contests with a knee injury. He was the team’s sixth leading scorer at 7.7 ppg and second leading rebounder at 5.0 rpg. He scored a career-high 22 points in UNCW’s loss to Richmond on Dec. 28 at Trask Coliseum, and reached double figures in scoring eight times. Moore, a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Bowie, Md., made 27 appearances and five starts after joining from the program from Montrose Christian High School. After missing five games with groin and hip pain early in the season, he wound up as the team’s fourth leading scorer with 9.1 ppg and added 4.1 rpg. Moore scored in double digits 11 times, including 17 points in each of UNCW’s matchups with eventual CAA champion VCU. The departure of Stephenson and Moore leaves the Seahawks with nine returning players and two transfers for 2009-10. UNCW inked a pair of freshmen, Matt Wilson and Keith Rendlemen, during the fall signing period.

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