Two UMass basketball players are headed elsewhere.
DeJon Jarreau and Brison Gresham announced their plans to transfer from the UMass basketball program following one season with the team. The duo took to Twitter to simultaneously release the news.
Jarreau and Gresham, who are close friends from New Orleans, went to Amherst as a “package deal.” Both were recruited by former head coach Derek Kellogg, who was fired following the 2016-2017 season.
Here is the announcement form DeJon Jarreau:
Thanks Amherst! pic.twitter.com/ulUQpHOuGM
— Deeky Jarreau.. (@LaDeeky) April 19, 2017
Here’s the statement from Brison Gresham:
Thank y'all! pic.twitter.com/H01PpYu6XL
— Brison J Gresham (@Bmo_lv) April 19, 2017
Jarreau entered Amherst as the No. 55 recruit in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He averaged 9.8 points, 47. assists, and 3.7 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 45 percent shooting during his freshman season.
Fellow freshman Brison Gresham saw more limited minutes than Jarreau. Gresham went to UMass as the No. 42 power forward in the 2016 recruiting class. He struggled to find time with the team, averaging just 10 minutes played per game. During those 10 minutes, Gresham averaged 2.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
The pair were heavily recruited by Miami, before choosing UMass. Both freshman will have to sit out for one year if they transfer for another Division I program, per FBS rules.