Memphis AD offers reassurance on basketball program

Memphis AD offers reassurance on basketball program

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - University of Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen is offering a bit of reassurance when it comes to the men's basketball team.

Bowen said he has spoken with head coach Tubby Smith and while they are disappointed with the high number of players transferring from the program, they are still optimistic about the future of the basketball program, starting with national signing day.

Bowen issued the following statement:

"Dear Tiger Nation:

The statement comes one day after Dedric and KJ Lawson announced they will be transferring to Kansas, and Markel Crawford announced his intent to transfer. Those three were the Tigers' top scorers in 2016-17.

The only returning Tigers for the next season are Jeremiah Martin and Jimario Rivers.

Memphis is coming off a 19-13 season in which they missed the postseason. The program has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2012-13.

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