Charlotte 49ers junior forward Charles Dewhurst has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility to pursue post-graduate studies at another school.
Dewhurst, who starred at Charlotte Latin, is in the process of completing his fourth season with the 49ers and will graduate in May. Dewhurst sat out his first season as a redshirt.
Dewhurst, a business marketing major, hoped to continue his post-graduate studies in Charlotte’s Sports Management graduate program. However, the program has been suspended and no longer taking new applicants.
“This is nothing against the basketball program,” said Dewhurst, who will join the marketing office at The Basketball Times as an intern after this season.
“I’ll finish the season strong and I wish the team the best in the future. Unfortunately, the (graduate) program that I’ve been looking to isn’t being offered anymore.”
Dewhurst missed his first season due to an injury and missed the second half of last season after injuring his knee in a game at Maryland in January 2008. In between, has been one of the 49ers’ most athletic players and a strong rebounder.
“Charles has been a huge part of our program over the past four years and has overcome much adversity due to injuries,” Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz said. “I respect his decision and regret that his career choice is no longer offered at UNC Charlotte.
“While I wish he would stay, I understand and support his decision to choose what is best for his future.”
Dewhurst is averaging 3.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in about 15 minutes of play this season. He is the team’s fourth-leading rebounder and is third in assists (39). He leads the team in free throw shooting percentage (82.2 percent).