IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The exodus continues from the Iowa men’s basketball team.
Freshman Trey Bullet is the latest to go. The 6-foot-5 guard from Jackson, Miss., who did not play last season while recuperating from a stress fracture in his foot, says he’s transferring.
His announcement comes two weeks after juniors Jess Settles and Chris Kingsbury made themselves available for the NBA draft.
Bullet’s departure leaves Iowa coach Tom Davis with 10 players for next season, including a redshirt and three incoming freshmen.
By comparison the Gophers lost only two players from last year’s team — seniors David Grim and Hosea Crittenden. Minnesota returns 13 players, which does not include three incoming freshmen.
“There was frustration,” Bullet said. “But honestly the foot had nothing to do with it. It was a decision I made with my family.”
The Hawkeyes soon could be gaining a player, however. Vernon Simmons, a 6-6 forward from Los Angeles Valley Junior College, said Iowa is among the few schools he is considering for next season. Simmons visited the campus last week.
Bullet arrived at Iowa with a reputation as a big-time scorer and shooter. He averaged 28.3 points and shot 49 percent as a high school senior, but because of his injury, he never had a chance to show much at Iowa.
Although his chances for playing time might have increased with Kingsbury’s departure, Bullet said he decided to transfer for personal reasons, including a desire to attend a school closer to home.
“That was a primary goal,” he said. “I have nothing against the University of Iowa. I had a great time there.”
Davis said Bullet asked for a release from his scholarship and it was granted.
“Trey is a fine young man and all the coaches on our staff wish him well,” Davis said in a statement.
Simmons would be a welcome addition if the Hawkeyes could sign him. He averaged 15.5 points and 10 rebounds for his junior college team, which finished 23-11.
“He’s a good fit for the system they run at Iowa,” Los Angeles Valley coach Doug Michelson said. “He can run, he can dunk and he can shoot the 3-pointer.”