Two More Departures From UM Program
Two more players are transferring away from the UMaine men’s basketball team, while another player will miss the entire 2017-18 season, according to Head Coach Bob Walsh who confirmed the story on Wednesday morning to The Ticket.
Leading scorer Wes Myers will depart the program, as well as point guard Jaquan McKennon, while Vincent Eze will miss the next season after undergoing surgery Tuesday. According to Walsh, he and Myers sat down at the end of the season and decided to part ways with the guard. Myers was involved with an incident in February that resulted in him and Marko Pirovic being suspended for the remainder of the season. The guard scored 16.9 points per game with the Black Bears in 28 games last season.
McKennon left the program in the Spring to begin his music career. The singer will reportedly be part of the tour for Chicago based rapper Chance the Rapper. McKennon played in 24 games, averaging 4.1 points during his last season with the Black Bears. The guard was been playing shows in the New York area since April in the lead up to the tour. McKennon expressed that he is not quitting basketball and plans to transfer to another school.
Along with the transfer, Eze will miss the season after undergoing surgery on his hip this week in Boston. Originally the team thought the injury may be worse, but were optimistic about the reports from the medical staff. The center played in all 32 games for UMaine had added 6 points per contest last year.
On Tuesday the team announced the signing of three players, including two forwards to the mix with Isaiah White who committed in the fall. The program also lost Marko Pirovic, Austin Howard, and Ryan Bernstein as well to transfer over the past few weeks. The news was first reported by Walsh during an appearance on the Downtown with Rich Kimball radio show on Tuesday evening.