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Regan leaving Virginia program

After starting his college basketball career at the University of Virginia, it appears Will Regan will finish it in Western New York.

Regan, a two-time Buffalo News Player of the Year from Nichols, has announced he's leaving Virginia at the end of this academic year. He has been granted a release from his scholarship.

"It was a hard decision; you want to succeed wherever you go," Regan said by phone on Friday night. "I'm sure if I stuck it out, things could have turned the corner, but you only have so many years to play in college, and you have to be happy. It was really a lot of things from not enjoying basketball to not enjoying the social side of things. I didn't have anything to fall back on."

Regan will have to sit out the 2011-2012 season and then will have three years of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-8 freshman forward, Regan played in 20 games for the Cavaliers, scoring 25 points with 18 rebounds.

Academically, Regan was carrying a 3.4 cumulative average and was named to the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team.

Regan's father, Larry, said his son is leaving due to an accumulation of many things.

"I encouraged him that after Easter we would take a ride down there and talk with the coaches about what was on his mind, but about 1 1/2 weeks ago, he just didn't want to continue on with it," Larry Regan said. "He wanted to be a part of making Virginia basketball relevant again, and begrudgingly, it didn't work out. It's like a marriage and divorce, it's heartbreaking, it's something you put your heart and soul into."

Regan is looking for a college closer to home, in particular the University at Buffalo. UB and coach Reggie Witherspoon offered Regan a scholarship when he was just in eighth grade. Regan also plans to visit Niagara University, after Easter.

In his senior year at Nichols, Regan led the Vikings to a New York State Federation championship. He averaged 19.6 points and 14.1 rebounds and set the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association's scoring record with 2,008 points.

He was a finalist for the Gatorade New York Basketball Player of the Year Award and a McDonald's All-America nominee.