Notebook: Allbritton signs with Texas school

Men’s basketball transfer Matt Allbritton has signed to play for the University of Texas-Pan American, Allbritton confirmed last week.

The school, located in Allbritton’s home state of Texas, is one of 16 independent teams in NCAA Division I. In online correspondence with The Hatchet, Allbritton said his new school’s location was a factor in his decision to attend.

“I missed my family and friends in Texas and wanted to play where I was really wanted and needed on the basketball floor,” he said.

He described the process of transferring “both exciting and frustrating” and said he and his father were contacted by nearly 50 schools, including Providence, Texas Tech, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Weber State. The 6-foot-4 guard also said that his GW experience was one he “wouldn’t trade for anything” and that the Colonials’ coaching staff helped take his basketball game “to the next level.”

Allbritton, who has a reputation for excelling from three-point range, appeared in nine games last season, averaging 0.8 points, 0.1 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 3.6 minutes per game.

Adair waived by WNBA’s Mercury

After being selected 34th overall in the WNBA Draft April 9, senior Jessica Adair was waived by the Phoenix Mercury last week, just four days before she was scheduled to report to the team’s training camp.

Adair could not be reached for comment as of press time, but previously told The Hatchet that she would pursue a career in Europe if she was cut from the Mercury. Her agent, Gilberto Garcia, represents a number of basketball players currently overseas.

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