DeJon Jarreau and Brison Gresham transferring from UMass

  • UMass’ Dejon Jarreau, center, shown against St. Bonaventure on Dec. 30, 2016, has announced that he will transfer. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • UMass’ Brison Gresham, shown against Kennesaw State on Dec. 17, 2016, has announced that he will transfer. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Two players who were once expected to be the keys to a bright future for UMass, will spend their futures somewhere else.

Highly touted freshmen Brison Gresham and DeJon Jarreau both announced via Twitter Wednesday that they planned to transfer and had been granted their release from UMass to do so.

They posted matching announcements on Twitter that each read:

“I would like to take this time to say “Thanks” to the Umass community, alumni, professors, educational staff, previous coaching staff and Loyal/Faithful fans for the love, hospitality and support through my 1st year of my college career.

After highly considering my career path with my family, HS and AAU coach, we decided to request a release from The Umass Basketball program.

Lastly, I would like to say “Thanks” to the new coaching staff for their understanding in our request and granting it immediately. Thanks y’all!”

The New Orleans natives have been a package deal throughout their recruiting. They committed to UMass together and are leaving together.

Both expressed disappointment when coach Derek Kellogg was fired after the season. Each will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out one year per NCAA transfer rules. Both are expected to attract high major interest.

Jarreau, Gresham and new coach Matt McCall were all unable to be reached for comment.

Jarreau, a 6-foot-5 guard, was the jewel of Kellogg’s final recruiting class, which was the school’s highest rated incoming group in the last two decades.

The combo guard, who was rated as a four-star recruit, averaged 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, and had a game-winning 3-pointer against Temple.

Gresham, a 6-foot-9 big man who became eligible six games into the season, showed promise, averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game. He started 13 times.

Jarreau and Gresham were close with assistant coach Shyrone Chatman, who interviewed with McCall, but is not remaining on staff. Chatman and former assistant Andy Allison are no longer listed on UMass’ official online roster.

Adam Ginsburg, who has worked for both Kellogg and Travis Ford, remains on the roster.

Jarreau and Gresham leave UMass with just seven or eight remaining scholarship players, barring further transfers. Donte Clark has declared for the NBA draft, but hasn’t determined whether he plans to return to UMass if he withdraws from the draft.

Rashaan Holloway, Luwane Pipkins, Malik Hines and Unique McLean have all sat out a year already, and C.J. Anderson has only one year remaining making them unlikely to transfer.

Ty Flowers and Chris Baldwin each have three years remaining and could draw interest if they choose to move on.

Juniors Zach Lewis, Zach Coleman and Seth Berger had previously announced they were transferring. If Clark doesn’t return, UMass will have lost 50.4 percent of its points from last season.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage