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UNC-Greensboro takes another hit as all-SoCon forward Kyle Cain to turn pro

May 7, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

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UNC-Greensboro forward Kyle Cain has decided to turn pro, the school announced.

“After consulting my family and coaches, I have decided to forgo my final season of eligibility and pursue professional basketball opportunities,” Cain said. “I am committed to continuing my education and plan to graduate from UNCG within the next two years. I would like to thank all of Spartan Nation for the support. Specifically, I would like to thank Coach Miller for believing in me and giving me an opportunity.  I have grown as a player and person during my time at UNCG. I will always be a Spartan!”

Cain was a first team all-Southern Conference performer in 2013-2014, averaging 15.4 points and 8.9 boards. He sat out the 2012-2013 season after the Chicago native transferred into the program from Arizona State.

“We fully support Kyle’s decision to play professional basketball,” head coach Wes Miller said. “I am proud of the work he did at UNCG over the last two years and we will continue to support him as he pursues his degree.”

Cain was a redshirt junior that played two seasons with the Sun Devils.

He will not be eligible for the NBA Draft as the deadline to enter was in late-April.

The loss of Cain really hurts Wes Miller’s UNCG program as he was the team’s leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. Earlier this spring, Tevon Saddler, the team’s second-leading scorer and the SoCon’s freshman of the year, decided that he would be transferring. Sophomore Jordan Potts and freshman Tyrone Outlaw, both reserves that played significant minutes, also left the program.

UNCG went 14-18 last season and finished 7-9 in the SoCon.

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