Wyoming has two more scholarships available for the men's basketball program. Two starters from last year will not return for their junior years. Desmar Jackson was the teams leading point scorer and Amath M'Baye was the leading rebounder. Neither decided they wanted they wanted to stay in Laramie with the transition to new coach Larry Shyatt.
The announcement came in a short release from the University and had it been expected since neither athlete appeared at the press conference where Shyatt was introduced.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 8, 2011) — The Wyoming Athletics Department announced on Friday that Cowboy basketball players Desmar Jackson and Amath M’Baye will not return to the basketball program.
Both players recently concluded their sophomore seasons at Wyoming. Neither the UW Athletics Department or head basketball coach Larry Shyatt will have any further comment.
Daylen Harrison could still leave as well but he has not asked for his release yet. Wyoming currently has four scholarships available this year and the staff is on the road this weekend hitting the recruiting trail. Now they can have a better idea of what type of players they are looking for to join the team.
Jackson had strong ties with assistant Anthony Stewart who is now at Southern Illinois. M'Baye was close with Fred Langley who served as the interim coach after Heath Schroyer was released in February. Langley has not been hired elsewhere yet but if M'Baye were to follow him he may have a few more job offers now.
All we can do is wish them luck in the future and hope that Shyatt can bring in some quality players. Player turnover is very common with a coaching change so the transfers are not surprising. Each player will have a redshirt year they can next year while they sit out and then can play two years.