Sophomore guard Miles Simelton prepares to dodge past a Boston University defender at Stabler Arena on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Simelton decided to transfer after two years with the program. (Chris Barry/B&W Photo)

Key Hawks reserve Simelton announces intention to transfer

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Sophomore Miles Simelton, a reserve guard for the Lehigh men’s basketball team, has recently made the decision to transfer schools, making him the second player this off-season to do so.

Although he refused to comment, he did confirm he was transferring, but it is not certain yet as to where. Coach Brett Reed said he met with Simelton toward the end of last week and his “roles and responsibilities were the focal point” of the discussion.

Reed said roles and responsibilities generally encompass playing time and how players are used in game settings. The news of Simelton wanting to leave came as a surprise to many members of the team given his meaningful role and lack of visible signs of unhappiness in the program.

“He played a significant role for us this year that helped us accomplish outcomes this year,” Reed said. “And I thought that with another year of experience, it would be natural to project growth in his game and his performance.”

Furthermore, both Reed and several players privately said that there was no tension between Simelton and other members of the team.

Simelton met privately with Joe Sterrett, the dean of athletics at Lehigh, who declined to comment. Sterrett said he did not want to share details about conversations with a student. According to Reed, the other playing transferring is walk-on Cole Renninger, who is accepting a scholarship to Lock Haven University, a Division II institution.

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