Aaric Murray leaves West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia forward Aaric Murray has left the Mountaineers after one year, bringing the number of players to exit the program early from last season's team to five.

Coach Bob Huggins announced Murray's departure Monday but didn't give a reason. He says it was a mutual agreement that it would be in Murray's best interest to finish his college career elsewhere.

A source told ESPN.com that Murray had graduated and would be able to transfer and play elsewhere immediately.

The 6-foot-10 Murray averaged 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds last season as a junior. He transferred to West Virginia from La Salle and sat out the 2011-12 season.

Guards Jabarie Hinds and Aaron Brown and forwards Keaton Miles and Volodymyr Gerun also asked for their release.

The Mountaineers went 13-19 last season, the worst record in Huggins' 31 years as a head coach.

Information from ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil and The Associated Press was used in this report.