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In Brief : Washington Forward to Transfer

From Times wire services

Eric Brady, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward who was heavily recruited while in high school, says he will transfer from the University of Washington after the 1988-89 season.

“I just decided it was best for me to go someplace else,” Brady told the Bellevue Journal American on Monday.

Gonzaga University in Spokane has offered Brady a scholarship. Although Brady has yet to make an official announcement, he said he was 99% certain he will attend the West Coast Athletic Conference school.

While at Mercer Island High School, Brady was recruited by Arizona, California, Northwestern and Texas. He was voted as the Washington high school player of the year as a Mercer Island senior in 1987.

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He has played only a total of 15 minutes for the Huskies this season and just 82 minutes last season.

“Playing time is a factor, of course,” Brady said. “And when you aren’t seeing any returns for your practice and you can go someplace else, it’s best just to move on. I would like to stay at Washington, but it’s just not going to work out.”

If he goes to Gonzaga, he will have to sit out the 1989-90 season. He then would have two years of eligibility remaining.

Brady said Washington Coach Andy Russo asked him to redshirt this season but he declined.

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