The Fairfield Stags men's basketball roster continued to shuffle as Hearst Connecticut Media learned that sophomore guard K.J. Rose will not play next season.

Rose will continue to attend classes and work toward his degree, according to sources close to the program.

Rose played in 28 games for the 7-24 Stags, starting 14, and averaged 4.7 points and 2.7 assists.

But with Rose's departure comes an addition in the form of 6-foot-8 forward Jonathan Kasibabu, who has reportedly given coach Sydney Johnson a verbal commitment for next season. Kasibabu -- who attends the Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., -- selected the Stags over Rider, Fordham, Drexel and Robert Morris.

"Jonathan had a lot of schools that were interested and could fit him well," Westtown coach Seth Berger told the www.cityofbasketballlove.com website. "Fairfield seems to fit him best."

The website described Kasibabu as a "powerful forward with a college-ready body," adding that Kasibabu "has a well-developed game and should challenge for playing time right away in the MAAC."

In addition to helping Westtown post a 24-8 record, Kasibabu played internationally for Real Madrid's junior team, where he averaged 10.2 points and 10.2 rebounds game during 14 games over parts of two seasons.

"Jonathan can be an impact player at Fairfield almost immediately," Berger told the website. "I expect him to go in and compete and play right away."

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