CofC's Canyon Barry to transfer after graduating

VIDEO: Canyon Barry leaving College of Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - College of Charleston junior guard Canyon Barry will graduate from the school this summer and will transfer and use his remaining year of eligibility to play and begin work on his master's degree at another NCAA Division I institution the Cougars announced in a release on Monday night.

As good as Barry has been on the court for CofC over the last 3 years, he's been even better in the classroom. The Colorado native, and son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, is a two-time Academic All-American with a perfect 4.0 gpa and working towards a bachelor's degree in physics with a minor in mathematics.

"Decisions of this magnitude are never easy and today is bittersweet for me," Barry said. "I informed Coach Grant and my teammates that I plan on graduating from the College of Charleston this summer and pursue a master's degree in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering or physics. I am hoping to use my last season of basketball eligibility to start work on my master's program. I am sad to leave Charleston, and all of the amazing people that I've met here, but am excited for the academic and athletic challenges that lie ahead.

"Canyon is an extremely gifted young man," CofC Head Coach Earl Grant said. "He has excelled tremendously in the classroom and his development as a player over the past 18 months is impressive. I wish him the best as he explores his options as a graduate student-athlete."

"I want to first thank (former College of Charleston) Coach Bobby Cremins for believing in me and affording me the opportunity to play for this remarkable school in this wonderful city. I also want to thank Coach Grant, all of the assistant coaches, support staff, strength and conditioning staff, medical trainers and academic advisors at CofC. I would not be the man I am today without all of your help and guidance both on-and-off the court. To all of my teammates over the years, we've had some tough times and we've had some great times together, but most importantly, we will always be family. I will miss you all and I thank each one of you from the bottom of my heart for making me a better player and helping me grow as a person."

"Lastly, I want to thank all of the fans and people in the Charleston community for making a Colorado native feel truly welcomed here in the South. The College and the city of Charleston will always have a special place in my heart, but it is the people I have met and the relationships that I have developed that will truly be lasting. I have absolutely loved my last four years here and would not trade them for anything."