EUGENE, Ore. ó Freshman forward Drew Viney has been granted a release from his scholarship at Oregon, the University announced Thursday.

"Drew asked for his release and we have granted his request," said head coach Ernie Kent. "It’s always tough when a player departs your program, but I respect his decision and understand his desire to continue his career closer to home. Drew did a good job for us this season."

Viney, from Villa Park, Calif., averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 2007-08. -