Jarreau, Gresham to transfer from UMass men's basketball team

The centerpiece players of Derek Kellogg's last recruiting class at the University of Massachusetts are leaving.

Guard DeJon Jarreau and forward Brison Gresham, both of whom just concluded their freshman seasons in Amherst, announced on Twitter that they would be transferring.

That means new UMass coach Matt McCall is going to have to spend more time this summer putting together a roster for this coming season.

Wednesday's announcement by the New Orleans duo makes five players off the final 2016-17 UMass roster who have decided to transfer.

Three of them, Zach Lewis, Zach Coleman and Seth Berger, are considered graduate transfers, as they have completed their four undergraduate years at UMass. Berger will play a graduate season at Oregon State, Lewis will do the same at Iona, while Coleman is — at last report — undecided.

Donte Clark, meanwhile, has reportedly put in for the NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent, so he could return. Clark has not said if he will return to UMass for his final season.

Jarreau and Gresham posted identical statements on their Twitter feeds, which read:

"I would like to take the time to say 'Thanks' to the UMass community, alumni, professors, educational staff, previous coaching staff and Loyal/Faithful fans for the love, hospitality and support through my 1st year of my college career.

"After considering my career path with my Family, HS and AAU coach, we decided to request a release from the UMass basketball program.

"Lastly, I would like to say 'Thanks' to the new coaching staff for their understanding in our request and granting it immediately."

Gresham and Jarreau came to UMass as a tandem after playing at McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans. Gresham chose UMass over schools like LSU, Cincinnati, Florida and Boston College. Jarreau picked UMass over schools like LSU, Florida, Kansas State, Creighton and Texas.

Jarreau played in 31 games, started 25 and averaged 9.8 points per game. Jarreau played 24.4 minutes per game, third most on the team. Gresham played in 28 games and had 13 starts. He averaged 3.3 points per game.

McCall, who replaced Kellogg at the UMass helm, brought his first recruit in. But Curtis Cobb won't be eligible until the 2018-19 season. Cobb, a three-star recruit from Fall River, played at Wilbraham & Monson before going to Fairfield. He will have two years remaining.


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