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Morgan State Loses Point Guard Daryl Traynham for Academic Reasons

After beginning his career at UMass, Daryl Traynham left the school in early 2011. A one-time starter for the Minutemen, Traynham spent last season at Palm Beach State (FL), a junior college.

The 5-foot-9 point guard was expected to have an instant impact after signing with head coach Todd Bozeman and Morgan State, yet academics have halted that potential.

Bozeman told CBSSports on Thursday that Traynham did not earn his Associates of Arts degree last season at Palm Beach State, subsequently making him ineligible for the Bears this season.

On the redirection of Morgan State’s season, Bozeman said:

“He’s was what the doctor ordered for us. We’ll have to adjust a little bit how we want to play.”

Last season at Palm Beach State, Traynham averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 assists per game, while appearing in 27 contests.

Bozeman had fully expected Traynham to jump right in and start at the point guard position for the Bears this season. The loss certainly hurts Morgan State’s potential to move up the MEAC standings in 2012-13.

According to the report on CBSSports, Traynham will be able to practice with the team for this upcoming season, but he will not be eligible to play until the 2013-14 season. The news is a tough pill to swallow for Morgan State, however the future potential of Traynham’s addition still presents its impact.

A full year of practice and understanding Bozeman’s system could benefit the point guard even more in the long run.

Last season, Morgan State finished just 9-20 overall. The Bears are just two years removed however, from back-to-back appearances (2009 & 2010) in the NCAA Tournament.


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