Demetris Morant, who played sparingly as a redshirt freshman, is transferring from UNLV to a college in Florida to be close to his ill father.

Morant will seek a waiver from the NCAA in hopes of being granted eligibility for the 2014-15 basketball season. He is most likely transferring to Florida Gulf Coast.

“Demetris has been granted his release and he will be transferring,” coach Dave Rice said. “His dad has been very ill. We will support a hardship waiver 100 percent. He’s a great kid, and he’s done a great job for us academically.”

Morant’s father, Leroy, suffered a stroke and lives in Florida.

A 6-foot-9-inch forward, Morant played in 13 games last season, averaging 3.8 minutes and scoring a total of eight points.