Looks like Troy Temara’s departure isn’t the only roster news as the school announced today that sophomore Karmari Newman is also leaving the program. Newman had some great moments off the bench last season, especially on-the-ball defending and three-point shooting. He was part of a deep back court that got more crowded this summer with the addition of freshman Javon Greene, who apparently has impressed the coaching staff during summer workouts. Also, with guys like Goanar Mar and AJ Wilson in the mix, Ian Boyd and Jaire Grayer won’t have to play out of position as much. The fact is the roster got a lot more competition this summer and transfers were inevitable but I did not think they’d come in August.
It’s looking like the core of this team will be Otis/Grayer/Kier/Boyd and Newman most likely was not going to beat out Greene for 6th or 7th man opportunities. Still, it’s a blow to Mason’s overall depth and replacing his defense will be more difficult than replacing his offensive production. It might be too late to add legitimate rotation players but as of now they only have nine scholarship players available for 2017-18. Not a huge issue as they went with 8-9 guys in the rotation for most of last season, but they could be hampered mightily if a key guy gets injured.
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