Freshman Marshall Henderson on Thursday became Utah's second all-conference performer to transfer, and the school has now officially announced four players leaving the program, with reportedly a fifth that could come.
That has Utes coach Jim Boylen acknowledging what's been a "difficult" offseason for fans who have now seen his top two scorers -- Carlon Brown (12.6 ppg) and Henderson (11.8) -- leave the program after a 14-17 season.
Henderson indicated to the student newspaper that he didn't buy into Boylen's program, and the 6-foot-2 forward also released a statement to the media indicating that, well, it's not Utah, it's me.
"My decision to leave Utah is not related to basketball. I want to be closer to home," said Henderson, a Texas native. "Coach Boylen's program also has certain rules and restrictions that I respect, but I don't feel they fit with my individualism. This is not about the coaches, the system or the players."
Boylen said in a statement he is confident in the team's returning players and incoming recruits, but today sounded somewhat defensive in an interview with 1280 The Zone.
He did say that some players left on their own and others were asked to leave.
"Some guys fit. Some guys don’t," Boylen said. "Some guys work. Some guys don’t. Some guys want to be part of what we’re building. Some guys don’t. Some guys have failed and maybe are not as good as they thought or haven’t worked as hard as they thought and got beat out and seen their playing time limited from what they want.
"Do guys want to play, or do guys want to win? Do guys want to be part of a team, or do guys want to play for themselves?"