A case of “When it rains, it pours?” WPSD is reporting that Troy King will join 2 other players in leaving the UT Martin basketball program. According to head coach Jason James, he wants to be closer to his family in Maryland, and may not continue playing college basketball.
After a solid freshman year that saw King become a regular in the Skyhawks starting lineup, he saw his minutes, and starts, reduced in a less productive sophomore year. As is the case with most of the team, he saw his shooting statistics dramatically fall, including shooting more that 10% worse from 3-point range compared to his freshman season.
I made the comment earlier that neither of the first two transfers weren’t “team killers,” and I believe this to be the same with King, although this is a worse loss. I do feel that King could have been a pivotal role player on the Skyhawks, but I didn’t see him again becoming a consistent starter, especially with the outstanding play of freshman Myles Taylor this past season, and the solid play of fellow sophomore forward Mike Liabo.
I was curious heading into the offseason how the 4-win season would impact the players. While we’ve yet to see a starter leave the program, with 3 in the last 2 days, one has to wonder if any will join them before the week is out.