Jonas Jerebko, the University at Buffalo's top recruit, has informed the coaching staff that he's exploring professional basketball opportunities in Europe and will not attend the school.
Jerebko, whose father Chris was an All-Western New York selection for St. Francis in 1977, was expected to contribute immediately for the Bulls, who lost three starters from last season's 19-13 team. Jerebko, who played for KFUM Boras in Sweden's First Division, was part of a four-man class that included Rochester's Calvin Betts and Max Boudreau and Kambi Laleye from Montreal. Hoop Scoop Magazine ranked the Bulls' class No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference.
Before signing with Buffalo, Jerebko considered turning pro before he picked the Bulls over West Virginia.
UB coach Reggie Witherspoon declined to comment.
The Bulls now have one scholarship to give and are looking for the best player available. UB could add another point guard since sophomore Eric Moore, who came on strong toward the end of last season, is the only pure one on the roster.
Although he never suited up for the Bulls, the loss of Jerebko is significant because he potentially would have brought a dimension rarely seen in the MAC. At 6-foot-9, 215-pounds, Jerebko has the ability to play point forward and potentially could have been a matchup nightmare for opponents.
Last year, Jerebko competed for Sweden in the Under 18 European Championship and in seven games averaged 7.4 points, 8.1 rebounds in 19.6 minutes of play. He shot .417 from the floor.