North Carolina freshman guard Jeremiah Francis to transfer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina freshman point guard Jeremiah Francis plans to transfer, coach Roy Williams said Thursday.

Francis averaged 3.3 points in just 16 games for the Tar Heels last season. He didn't play in his junior and senior year of high school due to knee surgeries, then missed the first eight games of his freshman season.

He had three straight double-figure scoring games in December when pressed into duty when starter Cole Anthony went down with an injury, but he didn't play more than 10 minutes in any game after Jan. 22.

"Jeremiah's a wonderful young man," Williams said in a statement. "Our players and coaches enjoyed him being part of our program. I truly admired the work he put in to get back on the court after two full seasons of being injured in high school. We wish him the best wherever he chooses to resume his career."

Francis joins reserve big man Brandon Huffman in transferring from UNC since the end of a 14-19 season.