In case you missed it, the Columbia Spectator on Friday broke the news that first-year players Jaron Faulds and Myles Hanson have left the men’s basketball team and will pursue other opportunities. Ryan James of PrepHoops tweeted that Hanson will be looking to transfer for next fall.
Faulds played in 26 games this past season, averaging 4.5 points on 59.6 percent shooting, 3.2 rebounds and 14.2 minutes per contest. The 6’10” forward from Holt, Mich. was a four-star recruit at ESPN. Hanson, a two-star 6’6” small forward from Chaska, Minn., saw action in 19 games, averaging 3.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 10.5 minutes per game. Both were members of coach Jim Engles’s first recruiting class at Columbia.
Faulds’s father Travis posted a thread of 17 tweets on Saturday that focused on the makings of a good and bad coach and included critical comments about ineffective coaches who belittle players but later clarified that the thread, deleted on Sunday, did not refer to Columbia.
The losses came just over a week since Verbal Commits noted that Columbia picked up a transfer, sophomore Joseph Smoyer, from Portland. The 6’11” center played in 23 games for the Pilots this season, averaging 1.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 7.6 minutes per contest.