After making its second trip to the NCAA tournament in four seasons, the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team is losing its top scorer.
Sophomore guard Elijah Long announced in a social media post Thursday that he has been granted his official release from the program and is looking to transfer.
"[I] appreciate Mount St. Mary's University taking me in and giving me a chance to continue my basketball career at a competitive level," he wrote. "With that being said, I've decided to take my talents somewhere else and continue my career elsewhere."
Long, who played two seasons at John Carroll, averaged 15 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game this past season, helping lead the Mountaineers to a Northeast Conference tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. The Mount edged New Orleans in a play-in game, 67-66, before losing to No. 1 overall seed Villanova, 76-56. The Mountaineers became just the fourth team since 1985 to make the NCAA tournament after starting 1-11, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Long was named NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 21.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals in three tournament games. He was also the first Mountaineers player to earn first-team All-NEC honors since Jeremy Goode in 2009-10.
Long didn't give any indication of where he might be headed, but he does have family ties to one Division I program. Long's older brother Naz Mitrou-Long was an All-Big 12 selection this past season as a senior at Iowa State, averaging 15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists.