By Christopher Dela Rosa/DFP Staff
It was confirmed Thursday night that junior guard Zach Chionuma will not return to Boston University in the fall of 2013 and will be transferring elsewhere to continue his collegiate basketball career.
"I think Zach made a decision we supported, we wish him nothing but the best. He is a great player and teammate," said BU head coach Joe Jones.
Chionuma’s departure comes after a season with minimal playing time. Although he played in 29 games during the 2012–13 campaign, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged only six minutes per game, scoring 1.5 points per game.
With the dynamic duo of senior guard D.J. Irving and sophomore guard Maurice Watson Jr. manning the backcourt along with the addition of the sharp-shooting freshman guard John Papale, who shot nearly 42 percent from behind the 3-point arc in his first year at BU, there was little room for Chionuma to get playing time.
It appears as if Chionuma’s spot on the roster will be taken by incoming freshman guard Cedric Hankerson. Hankerson is a 6-foot-5 All-State First Team honoree guard out of Miami. In his senior season at Coral Reef High School, Hankerson averaged 24.5 points per game as well as 7.7 boards per contest.