UMass guard Demetrius Dyson announces his plans to transfer

Last modified: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On a weekend where the UMass men’s basketball team hoped Marcquise Reed would become a future Minuteman, sophomore Demetrius Dyson became a former one.Dyson announced via Twitter (and TwitLonger, which extends tweets beyond 140 characters) Saturday night that he plans to complete his college career elsewhere, confirming an ESPN report by Jeff Goodman:“I want to thank @UMass_Bball, my teammates, the fans, and the entire coaching staff for 2 great memorable years, but I’ve decided to take my talents elsewhere next year.”Dyson is the second UMass guard to transfer this offseason following Derrick Gordon out the door. The Tennessee native had an up-and-down career in two seasons in Amherst. Dyson looked close to breaking out and become a really productive player on several occasions, but at others times seemed lost and overmatched. His inability to shoot 3-pointers consistently, an area of his game which was expected to be a strength when he was recruited, prevented his minutes from increasing.Dyson appeared to have broken through in February when he had 12 points and 10 rebounds at VCU and followed with 10 points and seven rebounds vs. Saint Joseph’s. But then had just 12 points in four games the rest of the season. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game.Dyson will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules.If UMass doesn’t add another perimeter player, it will have five guards on the roster for the 2015-16 season as Trey Davis, Jabarie Hinds, Donte Clark, C.J. Anderson will be joined by freshman Luwane Pipkins.Anderson figures to benefit the most from Dyson’s departure. Pipkins, who will likely be counted on to give UMass improved outside shooting, was already expected to get regular minutes. While Anderson scored just 30 points as a freshman, UMass coach Derek Kellogg liked his potential as a distributor and as a defender. Dyson’s departure could mean that Seth Berger could play perimeter minutes in a pinch as well. Berger, who is expected to receive a medical redshirt after missing most of last year with a foot injury, was likely to play mostly power forward in 2015-16. But in a bigger lineup, UMass could move him back to small forward where he started at last year.The Minutemen are waiting to hear what Marcquise Reed decides. The sophomore transferring from Robert Morris visited campus this weekend and will visit Southern California next weekend. Like Dyson, Reed will have to sit out the next season wherever he transfers to due to NCAA rules.Matt Vautour can be reached at Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at


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