Grant Pelchen leaves Men’s Basketball


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Grant Pelchen played sparingly his freshman year, but sat out the entirety of his sophomore year. Photo courtesy of FAU Athletics

Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer

Sophomore center Grant Pelchen has left the men’s basketball program, according to sources close to the team. The Jupiter, Florida native will continue to pursue a degree at Florida Atlantic.

Pelchen did not play last season, but averaged 1.1 points per game and 1.4 rebounds in 20 games off the bench in the 2013-14 season.

Pelchen is the third player to leave the team this offseason, after sophomore guard D’Andre Johnson and freshman guard Maceo Baston left on April 5 to try and transfer to other schools.

Johnson and Baston were recruited by ex-head coach Mike Jarvis, while Baston was one of first-year head coach Michael Curry’s signings. They all saw a reduction of playing time under Curry.

With Pelchen’s departure, Curry has just only one center on his roster in freshman C.J. Turman. Centers Justin Raffington and Brian Hornstein have both exhausted their eligibility.

Auburn transfer and redshirt freshman center Ronald Delph will take Pelchen’s spot on the roster. Delph redshirted at Auburn in the 2013-14 season, but took an indefinite leave from the team in the offseason of that year.