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Manu Lecomte leaving UM to play for Baylor

UM guard Manu Lecomte drives past Alabama’s Riley Norris at BankUnited Center on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
UM guard Manu Lecomte drives past Alabama’s Riley Norris at BankUnited Center on Saturday, March 21, 2015. El Nuevo Herald

Former University of Miami guard Manu Lecomte is transferring to Baylor, Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga confirmed Tuesday night.

Lecomte will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and have two years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Bears for the 2016-17 season.

The 5-11 Belgium native averaged 7.9 points for UM last season and started 23 games. He scored a season-high 23 points in a 90-74 road upset at Duke. He told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he transferred because he wants to play more minutes and point guard.

“I’m a true point guard, and I’m fast with the ball in my hands,” Lecomte said. “I like to get people involved a lot. I’ve always watched Baylor in the past, and I like the way they play. They’re very aggressive. I felt it would be a really great fit for me.

“I only played 20 minutes a game. Sometimes I shot a lot and sometimes I didn’t. I was playing a lot of two guard at Miami, and I want to play point guard.”

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