A surprise announcement came from BYU today when sophomore guard Michael Loyd announced he was transferring from BYU. This was a shock, because Lloyd seemed to finally becoming a star player for the Cougars as he improved immensely down the stretch when Jimmer Fredette was out with injuries. He had his best game against Florida in the first round of the NCAA tournament with 26 points.
Here is what coach Dave Rose said about Loyd leaving the program:
"Michael and I have met several times and we have mutually decided he will continue his education and basketball career in another program," Rose said. "He has been a significant part of our success the last three seasons and we are grateful for his many contributions. As a staff we wish him the best and will do all we can to help Michael find a great situation."
Loyd is from Las Vegas, but a transfer to UNLV would cost him a year of eligibility while sitting out the 2010-2011 season. The only other school to show interest out of high school was Idaho, but it is unlikely he will go there. A stunned move by Loyd and with no real reason given yet on why the decision. It could be that he would still be behind Jimmer who most likely will withdraw from the NBA draft, and not get a chance to star next year.