Humpty Hitchens is the fourth player to voluntarily leave the team, the Plain Dealer reports.
In his spot, Keith Dambrot brought in transfer Chauncey Gilliam, a guard from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Hitchens had been rumored to be considering leaving Akron even before his father died earlier this spring. Hitchens and Dambrot clashed all season. Citing a "violation of team rules," the coaches suspended Hitchens for one game.
These moves have ramifications on the Zips roster. It's likely that Alex Abreu will not redshirt. It also opens up minutes for Brett McClanahan. Abreu and Steve McNees will share the point guard duties. McClanahan and Darryl Roberts are the shooting guards.
Gilliam was a 6-foot-5 sophomore last season. He averaged 13.3 points per game for UMBC, an American East team that finished the year with a 4-26 record. As a transfer, Gilliam must sit out next season before joining the team. Below is a highlight video from high school and an interview with Gilliam.