Three upperclassmen out, frosh falls short

Updated: May 5, 2005, 11:32 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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