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Silas Mills, considered by many to be the most talented basketball player recruited to the University of Utah in years, has transferred to Garden City Community College in Kansas because of unspecified troubles. Mills' departure comes six months after four other Ute players transferred to other schools.

According to one team source, Mills, who sat out last season as Prop. 42 case, was academically eligible to attend Utah. Mills would have joined the team as a sophomore this season."He won't play," said coach Rick Majerus. "He's going to a JC in Kansas. That's all I care to say. I always say I never count Prop. 42s until they're on the team."

Asked if Mills eventually would return to the Utes, Majerus said, "No . . . I don't think he will come back. I don't know if I want him to. He needs to go get 48 credit hours. That's two years away."

Mills, a 6-foot-7 forward from Milwaukee, averaged nearly 21 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior in high school two years ago and earned first-team all-state honors. Several Western Athletic Conference coaches had predicted recently that Mills would be the top newcomer in the league this season.

Mills is one of five players to leave the team since the end of last season. Four other players left the Utes en masse last spring to transfer to other schools, largely because they were unhappy with their roles on the team. According to one official in the Ute athletic department, Kelly Walker and Thomas Wyatt transferred to Barton County Community College in Kansas; Tyrone Tate transferred to the University of Southern Indiana; and Antoine Davison transferred to Pfieffer College, an NAIA school in North Carolina.