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ZACK WAJSGRAS/THE DAILY PROGRESS Virginia's guard Marco Anthony (24) drives past Coppin State's guard Tre' Thomas (4) in the second half at John Paul Jones Arena on Friday. The Cavaliers cruised past Coppin State 97-40.

Former Virginia guard Marco Anthony has transferred to Utah State, he announced Friday in a Twitter post.

Anthony, a rising junior, entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal April 22.  His playing time decreased from his freshman to his sophomore seasons at UVa, and he was out of the rotation by the start of conference play in 2018-19.

The San Antonio, Texas native will likely have to sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Utah State went 28-7 last season and earned an NCAA Tournament bid after winning the Mountain West Tournament championship. The Aggies were bounced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Washington, falling 78-61.

Anthony will aim to provide the kind of scoring presence at Utah State that many envisioned he’d have at UVa when he first got to Grounds. He instead found himself relegated to the end of the bench. As a freshman, he averaged two points in 7.9 minutes per game. Last season, he averaged 1.2 points in 5.4 minutes per game. He played one minute in the NCAA Tournament, in the team’s 71-56 win over Gardner-Webb in the first round.

There appeared to be potential minutes for Anthony next season with guards De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy departing for the 2019 NBA Draft. Anthony instead decided to transfer, and the Cavaliers added JUCO All-American Tomas Woldetensae to their incoming class, which includes Casey Morsell, a 4-star guard per 247sports.com.

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