Rumors were flying on the Hill that players were looking to transfer away from Utah after the lackluster season.
Thursday, Lya Wodraska of The Salt Lake Tribune confirmed that sophomore guard Jordan Cyphers was granted a release from the program. He is the first player to transfer with more players possibly leaving with him.
Cyphers played in just 16 games this season and averaged 8.4 minutes per game with 2.9 points and 0.5 rebounds. Those stats are down from his Freshman season where he appeared in 22 games and averaged 3.2 points and 0.7 rebounds per game.
Cyphers, who was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Kansas as a senior in high school, was a promising recruit. The 3-star Cyphers held offers from Illinois, Michigan, George Mason, TCU and Wichita State. The way his career started at Utah disappointed fans.
Don't be surprised if he is not the only player to transfer. Utah has been actively recruiting players and offering scholarships that they currently don't have available.
Talented junior guard Carlon Brown was rumored as a possibility to transfer after his somewhat disappointing season, however he told The Salt Lake Tribune that he will be returning next season. Brown was the team's leading scorer with 12.6 points per game but spent a majority of the season coming off the bench.
Another player who is rumored to transfer is junior forward Matt Read. He played in just 16 games this season averaging 1.8 points per game and 1.1 rebounds.
Don't expect this to really affect the Utes since the players are rumored to transfer don't play much. Utah is actively recruiting point guards and shooters to address their current needs.