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Point guard to leave Kentucky for Georgia State

The University of Kentucky announced Sunday that point guard Ryan Harrow will transfer to Georgia State.

CBSSports.com reported that Harrow wants to be closer to his ailing father and will request an NCAA waiver to play immediately. Harrow is from Marietta.

"Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan's decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta," Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a release. "Ryan was a vital part of this year's team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run."

The 6-foot-2 Harrow averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 assists in 29 games and 24 starts this season as a sophomore. He sat out the Wildcats' national championship season in 2012 after transferring from North Carolina State.

"I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State," Calipari said. "I know the Big Blue Nation will keep a close eye on him and wish him well as he continues his basketball career and his pursuit of a college degree."

Incoming recruit Andrew Harrison, ranked as one of the top high-school point guard in the nation this year, will be a prime candidate to take Harrow's place.