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Leo Svete leaving WMU to play elsewhere

Svete redshirted in his only season with the Broncos, but announced Wednesday, April 2, that he's looking to play elsewhere.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Former Penn High standout Leo Svete is leaving the Western Michigan University men's basketball program without ever playing a game there, and has indicated on Twitter that he intends to play at another school.

"I'm going to miss western," Svete said in a Wednesday, April 2, tweet. "I wouldn't trade this year for anything and I met some amazing people who I will have great memories with forever."

Svete also retweeted a tweet that made a call-out for schools interested in him. He tweeted earlier Tuesday that "when one door closes another one opens!"

WMU announced Tuesday that Svete, a 6-foot-5 freshman guard who redshirted this past season after undergoing a second ACL surgery, and junior Hayden Hoerdemann, who played sparingly, were both leaving the program.

"They're great kids, tremendous kids," Western coach Steve Hawkins told MLive. "I respect them for their decisions and we'll do everything (we) can to help them. It's all about playing time, and they want to be on the floor and be competitors."

Svete averaged 17.8 points as a junior at Penn in 2011-12. He earned Elkhart Truth All-Area second-team honors and was an Indiana Junior All-Star North Six selection.

He did not play as a senior at Penn after suffering a severe knee injury over the summer and undergoing the first of his ACL surgeries.

Western went 23-10 this past season, won the Mid-American Conference tournament and lost 77-53 to Syracuse in a round-of-64 NCAA Tornament game.

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