FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – First it was Lazaro Rojas. Then Aguir Agau, and then Mustafa Lawrence. And now Jarred Hyder.
The Fresno State men’s basketball team will look very different next season.
Hyder, a freshman who averaged 9.1 ppg for the Bulldogs, has officially entered the transfer portal:
Hyder started 24 games for the Bulldogs and scored at least 20 points on four separate occasions. His name has already been removed from the team’s official roster, along with his brother, C.J., who scored two points in four games this past season.
Despite the above departures, Fresno State has received commitments from three players who plan to transfer into the program, two of whom have experience playing point guard: Bakersfield native Isaiah Hill (Tulsa) and Devin Gage (DePaul).
Gage will be eligible right away as a graduate transfer. There is a chance Hill also might not have to sit out a year, if the NCAA approves a proposed one-time transfer rule without penalty.
Three other new arrivals also play the guard position. Fresno native Deon Stroud, who is transferring in from Utep, is a 6-foot-5 combo guard, who will need to sit out a year unless that new transfer rule is implemented as well.
According to Jackson Moore of Barkboard.com, Hill and Stroud might also be able to get immediate eligibility waivers by transferring home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are also two guards in the Bulldogs three-player recruiting class: 6-7 guard Leo Colimerio from the Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, and 6-5 guard Destin Whitaker from Romeoville, Ill.
The Bulldogs struggled to an 11-19 season in Hutson’s second year at the helm, but the new arrivals will join a solid young nucleus that is anchored by forward Orlando Robinson and guard Niven Hart.
Both Robinson and Hart averaged in double figures in Mountain West play last year as true freshmen.