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Tarik Black to transfer, pursue master's

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis Tigers forward Tarik Black announced Tuesday that he will transfer from the University of Memphis following his graduation in May to pursue a master's degree.

Black is taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows student athletes who have graduated, to transfer for their senior season and become eligible to play immediately.

The native Memphian said he wanted a "new perspective, so that I can combine what I've learned at the U of M and what I will learn wherever I am next year in hopes of enhancing my versatility as a student-athlete."

Black spoke with media for about 15 minutes about his decision to transfer from the U of M.

The one restriction Coach Josh Pastner placed on Black's transfer is that he won't be allowed to go to a school that the Tigers play in 2013-14 season, whether its an American Athletic Conference school or a non-conference school.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged just over 8 points and 4 rebounds a game this season.

Later in the afternoon, Coach Pastner met with the media to reiterate that he fully supports Black in his decision to leave the program and to quell fears in Tiger Nation, who are now worried about a paper-thin front line.

Black is the second Tiger to leave the school in the past week. Sophomore Adonis Thomas declared himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.

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