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Butler loses freshman guard on eve of opener

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Harrison-Docks to transfer from Bulldog program

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 12:26 am

It's been an interesting preseason for the Butler men's basketball program. The Bulldogs have lost two players in their backcourt and the season doesn't even begin until Saturday (against Elon University at 2 p.m.).

Earlier this fall, junior guard Chrishawn Hopkins was dismissed from the program, and on Friday, freshman point guard Chris Harrison-Docks announced that he was leaving the program, as well.

“I believe that another school would better compliment me both personally and athletically,” Harrison-Docks said in a release.

Harrison-Docks played limited minutes (five) in the Bulldogs' two exhibition games this season and was expected to be behind starting point guard Rotnei Clarke, as well as reserve point guard Jackson Aldridge. He scored just two points (2 of 2 on free throws vs. University of Indianapolis) in the two games and missed

“Chris notified us of his intention to transfer from Butler,” Butler coach Brad Stevens said. “Certainly, I'm disappointed, but I want to thank him for his effort the last couple of months and wish him nothing but the best from the entire Butler basketball program.”

The competition at the point guard spot would have remained stiff even with the departure of Clarke next spring, a fifth-year transfer from Arkansas. Massachusetts native Rene Castro, a three-star point guard recruit, recently announced his intentions to sign with Butler next week and will join the program next summer.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported me during my time here at Butler and may find disappointment in my decision," Harrison-Docks said. "I wish my teammates and coaches the best of luck.”

By leaving prior to the opening game, Harrison-Docks will retain four seasons of eligibility.

At Okemos (Mich.) High School, Harrison-Docks was a three-time first team All-State guard. He averaged 23 points, seven assists, six rebounds and 3.5 steals as a senior, and he finished his prep career as the all-time leading scorer at his high school with 1,426 career points.