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Traynham No Longer On UMass Basketball Team

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Here are stories on Daryl Traynham, as he is no longer a member of the UMass men's basketball program.

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: Traynham no longer on UMass basketball team

Freshman point guard Daryl Traynham no longer on UMass basketball team

Photo: UMass, point guard Traynham part ways
UMass' Daryl Traynham, right, is no longer in the Minutemen's basketball program.

AMHERST - University of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg confirmed Monday that freshman point guard Daryl Traynham is no longer part of the UMass program.

Traynham has been suspended indefinitely since Jan. 4 after the Minutemen's loss at Central Connecticut. He has missed the last seven games.

"He's not going to be back. It's kind of a mutual decision. He's not enrolled in school anymore. He's going to pursue other options," Kellogg said. "I'll help them if they're looking for other options. I've been in touch with his family to make sure he's put in a good situation at the end of the day because like all the kids that come here, I care about them as people. Hopefully he finds a good situation."

Kellogg declined to elaborate on where the relationship soured.

The departure of Traynham, who averaged 4.7 points and 3.1 assists in 10 games, leaves UMass with only two true point guards in the program, senior Gary Correia, who will graduate after the season, and Chaz Williams, a Hofstra transfer, who is sitting out this season under NCAA transfer rules.

"I think Chaz is coming along nicely in practice," Kellogg said. "But we'll be using a first-year point guard for the fourth year in a row. I can see him being a starting point guard here at some point. If we have to go with Javorn (Farrell) backing him up like we've done this year, that's worked to a certain extent. "Recruiting a point guard will certainly be on the horizon," he added. "I'm the type of guy that likes to have two or three point guards."

Kellogg said it's not a coincidence that the Atlantic 10's best teams have some of the league's top floor generals.

The best teams are the ones with the best point guard, especially in our league," Kellogg said. "You look at what Tu Holloway is doing at Xavier, what T.J. McConnell is doing at Duquesne and what Kevin Anderson is doing at Richmond. I think there's a direct correlation between point guard play and where you're rated."

MORE WEATHER CONCERNS - With snow predicted both in Amherst and St. Louis, the Minutemen changed their travel plans to leave Monday night instead of Tuesday afternoon for their game at Saint Louis at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The team is scheduled to fly from St. Louis to Philadelphia on Thursday, where UMass will play Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The snowfall from what is calling a "potentially historic storm" for the Midwest is expected to end by Thursday. However, the region could still be digging out on Thursday, putting travel plans in jeopardy.

It's official: Daryl Traynham's basketball days at UMass are over

Published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 1:16 PM     Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011, 2:01 PM

University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg said Monday that freshman guard Daryl Traynham will not return to the team.

Traynham was suspended on Jan.7 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The parting of ways between the point guard and his team was expected for weeks.

University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg said Monday that freshman guard Daryl Traynham will not return to the team.

"Daryl is not going to be back. He's not (in school). He's looking at other options,'' Kellogg said.

Kellogg did not use the word "dismissal.'' He portrayed the situation more as a parting of the ways.

By any label, Traynham's departure was no surprise. He was suspended on Jan.7 for an undisclosed violation of team rules, which Kellogg said was not basketball related.

Traynham played 10 games with three starts. He averaged 16.6 minutes, 4.7 points and 3.1 assists per game, and drew six charges to lead the team at the time of his suspension.

Kellogg said he had been in contact with Traynham's family. He did not say he had spoken directly with the 5-foot-9 guard, who had been the only true freshman in the rotation this season.

The coach said he would help Traynham relocate if he were asked.

The split nonetheless ends a brief, ill-fated relationship between the team and a quick guard who had been recruited to run the dribble-drive offense. What Traynham lacked in size and shooting ability, he compensated with quickness and creativity.

When classes resumed at UMass for the second semester on Jan. 18, nearly two weeks after the suspension.Traynham did not return to Amherst.

It's the latest setback in Kellogg's attempts to stabilize the point guard position, and build for the future. Starter Gary Correia is a senior; the 2011-12 frontrunner for the point is Chaz Williams, who is sitting out a year after transferring from Hofstra.

"To say he's the heir apparent before he's played a game for us, that's hard for me. But he has played it in college, and he's been doing better in practice lately,'' Kellogg said.

Since coming to UMass in 2008, Kellogg has looked at Connecticut transfer Doug Wiggins and converted wing guard David Gibbs as point guards. Wiggins ran into off-court trouble and left the program before playing a game.

Gibbs struggled with the position last year, encountered injuries and transferred out of school at the end of the academic year.

Shooting guard Ricky Harris wound up at the point last year. This season, Correia and Javorn Farrell, a hybrid guard who is more natural on the wing, began splitting the position after Traynham was suspended.

In his first year, Kellogg had holdover point guard Chris Lowe run the offense.

Kellogg said he would look for a point guard among high school recruits. His preference to avoid junior college transfers was unchanged, he said.

Some bring baggage from previous situations. Even those who don't join the college team as juniors, are are available for only two years at most.

High school guard Jordan Laguerre, a senior in New Hampshire, will join the UMass program next year. He is not a point guard by nature, but Kellogg said he is getting some time at the position.

A former point guard himself, Kellogg would prefer someone natural to the position.

"I guess you could use 'snakebit' to describe what's happened at the position here. I think there's a direct correlation between a good point guard and where a team is rated,'' he said.

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