Departure of Daron Henson further shakes USU basketball roster

Utah State's Daron Henson celebrates hitting the game-winning shot as teammate Koby McEwen follows, during the second half against Fresno State in an NCAA college basketball game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Utah State won 65-62. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

LOGAN – Another Aggie basketball player has decided to transfer from Utah State, further changing the roster and leaving uncertainty for the upcoming season.

Sophomore forward Daron Henson joined former teammates Koby McEwen and DeAngelo Isby receiving a release from the program. He took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce he intends to transfer.

Henson played in 33 games last season and started in one, averaging 4.3 points per game. He took most of his shots from beyond the arc, averaging 38.4 percent from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 18 points at Fresno State, which included a 3-point shot at the buzzer to seal the win.

Message from Deron Henson announcing his departure from Utah State men’s basketball team

In addition to the three players who have received a release, Alex Dargenton and Julion Pearre won’t be returning due to graduation. Of the 13 players who received playing time a season ago, just eight remain.

USU players who recorded playing time in 2017-18 
DeAngelo Isby  JR  6-5 
Koby McEwen  SO  6-4 
Klay Stall C FR 6-10
Sam Merrill G SO 6-5
Crew Ainge G FR 5-11
Julion Pearre  SR  6-3 
Quinn Taylor F JR 6-8
Alex Dargenton  SR  6-8 
Brock Miller G FR 6-6
Daron Henson FR  6-7 
Diogo Brito G SO 6-5
Dwayne Brown Jr. F JR 6-6
Abel Porter G FR 6-3
Bold = Not returning

Craig Smith has added three players since becoming head coach this offseason. Sophomore guard John Knight III, freshman guard Tauriawn Knight and freshman center Ben Fakira each recently announced commitments to join the team during the upcoming season.

Other players who didn’t see time last season that could be on the roster include College of Southern Idaho forward transfer Roche Grootfaam, redshirt freshman Justin Bean and center Norbert Janicek, who sat with injury a season ago.

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