onathan DePina, the 5-foot-9-inch point guard from South Boston, will decide in the next few days whether to stay at the University of Massachusetts or transfer.
''I'm not sure what he's going to do,'' said UMass coach Bruiser Flint yesterday. ''I told him to take some time to think about it. If he feels he can get more playing time somewhere else, then he should go. But he's got a lot of friends here and he knows he's going to get to play.''
DePina, who came to UMass two years ago after first being accepted and then rejected by Boston College, reportedly wants to play closer to his Boston home.
''I'm not sure if he knows what he really wants right now,'' said Flint. ''We're having our team banquet on Sunday and I know he wants to be around for that. After that, I'm not sure. We'll just have to see what happens.''
In a related matter, Adam Harrington, a 6-4 guard from Bernarndston, received his release from North Carolina State yesterday and could wind up at UMass, which orginally recruited him.
Harrington led the Wolfpack in scoring, averaging 11.6 points a game last season, but reportedly was homesick.