Phaler cites personal reasons for quitting

ALBUQUERQUE -- Freshman Sean Phaler says he's leaving the
University of New Mexico basketball team, citing personal reasons.
Phaler, a 6-foot-9 forward, became the third player to leave the
program since the season ended.
"We are very sorry to lose Sean, but under the circumstances we
can certainly understand and support his decision," New Mexico
coach Ritchie McKay said. "We wish him nothing but future
McKay said Phaler's reasons for leaving were personal and "had
nothing to do with our program."
In February, McKay suspended Phaler for one game after he was
called for an intentional technical foul in the Lobos' victory
against Air Force.
Phaler did not return a phone call about his departure.
A UNM statement quoted him as saying he was leaving for personal
reasons unrelated to basketball.
In March, freshman Bambale Osby and sophomore Ryan Wall also
announced they are transferring.
Meanwhile, the Lobos received a letter of intent from Australian
guard Ryan Kersten, who plays for the Australian Institute of
Kersten will compete for a starting spot in the Lobo lineup
right away, McKay said.