Wednesday , Dec , 03 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Freshman guard no longer part of Utah hoops team

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – The University of Utah announced Tuesday
that freshman guard Ryan Werch is leaving the basketball team at the
conclusion of the current semester.

Werch plans to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The 6-foot-1
Werch, a native of Ripon, Wisconsin, will be eligible to begin competitive
action at the end of the 2004 fall semester.

“The biggest reason why I’ve decided to leave is that I wanted to go back home
and be closer to my family,” said Werch. “I was treated very well here…but I
just wasn’t happy here, and I felt like I needed to do what is best for me.”

Werch had not seen any action in Utah’s first five games of the 2003-04