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Three players quit the Wichita State basketball team for...

WICHITA, Kan. -- Three players quit the Wichita State basketball team for personal reasons, Coach Gene Smithson announced Monday.

The players were Bernard Jackson of Chicago and Gilbert Wilburn of Carson, Calif., both sophomores, and Marcelles Graves of Chicago, a freshman.

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Smithson did not elaborate on the nature of the personal reasons.

'I'm sorry the three players are leaving the program and we wish them success wherever they decide to go,' he said.

'We've been faced with adversity before but players that remain on our roster have completely accepted the challenge that lies before them. I am very confident that each of them will pull together to fill the void left by the departures.'

WSU lost five of its last six games and lost the last three games in succession. The team's record is 5-5, the worst start for Smithson in his six years at the school. Several key players have been injured during the season.

Jackson and Wilburn played in all 10 of the Shockers' games this season. Jackson started nine games, averaged 7.3 points per game and led the team in assists with 43. Wilburn averaged 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

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The Chicago Sun-Times named Jackson its Chicago-area player of the year when he was a senior at Phillips High School. As a freshman last year, Jackson played in all 28 Shockers games.

Graves, red-shirted in the 1982-83 season, played in six games this season and scored 2 points.

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