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Three upperclassmen out, frosh falls short

TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik on Thursday said
four players would not be returning to the Golden Hurricane in his
first season as coach.

Wojcik said he would not renew scholarship offers to forwards
Yusuf Baker and Vernell Davis and announced that guard Ryan McCoy,
an incoming freshman, failed to meet entrance requirements to
attend Tulsa. Wojcik also said guard Seneca Collins had
relinquished his scholarship to pursue football.

The moves open four scholarships for Wojcik, who had already
given his two available scholarships to junior-college point guard
Roderick Earls and 6-foot-9 Bartlesville High School center Sam
Mitchell.

Of the losses, Collins, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, had been the
most significant contributor. He averaged seven points and 1.9
rebounds and played in all 29 of Tulsa's games last season,
including 12 starts. He took part in spring practice with Tulsa's
football team.

Wojcik said he had spoken with Baker and Davis -- both 6-foot-8 forwards -- and their families about the decision to release them.

"To be an integral part of the Tulsa basketball program, there
are a number of demands placed upon our student-athletes and we
expect for those to be fulfilled," Wojcik said. "Yusuf and
Vernell have been released from their scholarships.

"I will do everything possible to assist them in finding
another university where they will have an opportunity to be
successful both academically and athletically."

Davis averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17 games last
season -- including one start -- after transferring to Tulsa from
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. He missed Tulsa's remaining 12 games
with an injury.

Baker never played a game with the Golden Hurricane after
failing to meet NCAA transfer requirements after leaving the
College of Southern Idaho.

McCoy, 5-foot-11 guard from Houston, had signed with former
Tulsa coach John Phillips in November.