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Sarbaugh Leaving Gonzaga

(Courtesy The Spokesman Review) - Chris Sarbaugh, the former Gonzaga Prep basketball standout who redshirted at Gonzaga University last season, is transferring to North Idaho College.

"I loved Gonzaga, loved the people there, but I only have five years to play four years of basketball and I want to take advantage of it the best I can," Sarbaugh said. "I told myself I was going come to the first (GU) summer session and work my butt off. I felt good, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep playing.

"I went and watched Hoopfest and thought, ‘I can't stop playing.' In the back of my mind I needed to make a change."

Sarbaugh, a 6-foot-3 guard, was named MVP of the 2011 State 4A Tournament after leading Gonzaga Prep to the title. He had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 61-41 win over Curtis in the championship game.

Sarbaugh has signed with NIC and he's eligible immediately. He plans on playing one season with the Cardinals and then have three years of eligibility remaining.

"I think he can play three positions," Cardinals coach Jared Phay said. "I watched him play in the state championship game and he's a proven winner. I think he just wanted to go where he knew he could play."

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