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Boys' basketball: Utah asks Josh Hearlihy for scholarship release

April 10, 2012 | 11:53 am

Utah has asked Harvard-Westlake senior Josh Hearlihy for a release from its scholarship obligation, according to a news release from Harvard-Westlake.

The 6-foot-7 Hearlihy missed 14 games this past season because of a non-surgical treatment for a condition related to growing too quickly. He returned for the final six games.

 "I was very excited about going to Utah when I signed my Letter of Intent in November," Hearlihy said in a statement. "However, the coaching staff has reconsidered their commitment to me and has asked to be released from their obligation. I turned down scholarship offers and stopped exploring other options when I signed.

"Given the situation at Utah, I’m concerned about putting myself in an environment where I'm not wanted. It is still my dream to play college basketball and I will continue to work hard every day to make that dream a reality."

Hearlihy could sign with another Division I program or attend a prep school in the fall.

-- Eric Sondheimer