Wildcats C Natyazhko to leave school, play professionally
According to a release by the school, Natyazhko has yet to sign with a club, but will sign with an agent.
"I'd like to thank the fans, my teammates and the coaching staff at Arizona," said Natyazhko. "It has been a wonderful experience for me to study and play here. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped me develop as a person and as a player. As hard as it is for me to leave, at this time I have to do what is best for me and my family and pursue these professional opportunities, but I plan on earning my degree in the near future. "
Natyazhko came to Arizona as a freshman in 2009 as part of Sean Miller's first recruiting class, and while he was highly rated, never panned out for the Wildcats.
The 6-foot-11, 265 pound center averaged 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in his three-year career in Tucson, failing to make much of an impact on the floor.
"All of us at Arizona support Kyryl's desire to begin his professional career," said Miller. "As a part of our program for three years, Kyryl represented himself as a great teammate, a hard worker and a good student off the court. We wish him well in his professional career."
Natyazhko is the second player to leave Arizona this off- season, following point guard Josiah Turner, who elected to transfer.
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