Jimmer works out for NBA teams, more on Loyd's release

I just left a press briefing by BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, mainly on Michael Loyd Jr.’s departure from BYU and the status of Jimmer Fredette’s workouts this week with NBA teams.
Rose said Fredette worked out on Monday for Oklahoma City and again today for the Boston Celtics. He has another workout scheduled for Thursday and another for Friday, but Rose would not disclose which teams those were for. However, other teams wanted to run Fredette through some drills but there was not enough time for more than four workouts before Saturday’s deadline to remain in the NBA draft or return to BYU. Fredette will return to Provo on Friday night and then meet with Rose and family members on Saturday morning to make a decision.
As for why Loyd won’t be part of the BYU basketball program next year, without going into specifics, Rose said Loyd wasn’t consistent in his obligations to BYU in several aspects, both on the court and off. From what I’ve heard, even though Loyd was academically eligible, it was a challenge for him. He also struggled to abide by some of BYU’s strict social standards. It was difficult for Rose to let Loyd go, and it was tough for Loyd to leave.
“This was as difficult (of a coaching decision) as they come,” Rose said.
Rose said his relationship with Loyd and his family is still good. But as BYU’s statement said that announced Loyd’s departure, it was a mutual decision.
“If Mike felt like this was the best place for him to continue under the expectations that we had for him, that he’d still be part of the team,” Rose said.
From what I gathered from Rose’s comments, it’s unlikely that Loyd will play for another Mountain West Conference team next season because he only has one more year or playing eligibility left at the Division I level, and transferring within the conference would take away that year. He can play next season for a Division II team or lower, and I’m hearing that that’s where he’s leaning. But, what happens to his two brothers, Jon and Kevin, could impact that. Jon just signed with Oregon, but Kevin is going to transfer from Grambling.
Rose said that when he informed the team last week about Loyd’s departure, the players were disappointed, but understood the decision.
“Mike is a good teammate. They like Mike. He’s a very likeable player,” Rose said.
As for who will take Loyd’s back-up point guard role next season Rose said it will either be freshmen Kyle Collinsworth or Anson Winder, or returned missionary Nick Martineau. The coaching staff is not looking to add another player prior to the season beginning.
“They are all capable of playing the point position,” Rose said.
The Cougars will have five players attending summer school – Kyle Collinsworth, Chris Collinsworth, Nick Martineau, Anson Winder and Stephen Rogers.
I’m still attempting to contact Loyd, but so far he won’t return calls. Rose said that Loyd wants to remain silent on the issue. However, he was reportedly seen in a pick-up game on Wednesday at the Richards Building, so he is still in town.
On other issue, and probably more important than the previous two. Rose said he had another scan last month as follow up on his cancer surgery last summer, it came back clean. So, he’s two for two in the clean scan department since his cancer scare last summer.

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