LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette senior guard Tyrone Wooten will not return for his second year with the program, a team spokesman announced Wednesday afternoon.
Wooten, who transferred to the Cajuns from Itawumba Community College, averaged 2.7 points in 7.3 minutes per game in his lone season with the Cajuns.
He received one start early in the season, but his minutes were drastically cut shortly thereafter. Wooten never played more than nine minutes in any game after the calendar flipped to 2016.
He becomes the latest player to leave in what’s been a sort of mass exodus from the Cajuns program following the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
The Cajuns were already losing five key seniors from last year’s team, including the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in rebounds and blocks in Shawn Long and 1,000-point scorer Kasey Shepherd.
Joining those seniors are guard Hayward Register, who transferred to LSU-Alexandria, Jay Hedgeman, who was suspended for the final 10 games of the season and will not return, and Wooten. Both Wooten and Hedgeman joined the Cajuns as junior college transfers before last season.
Elijah McGuire, who joined the team in January after football season was finished, is also not expected to return next season.
Ten of the 15 players who logged minutes for the Cajuns, including eight of the top 11 players in terms of minutes played, will not return next season.
The Cajuns will bring back rising senior guard Jay Wright and rising juniors Bryce Washington and Johnathan Stove, who combined to start 86 games and score 885 points between them.
But those are the only three returning players who logged more than four minutes per game.
Also returning are forward Scott Plaisance and guard Jacob Broussard, who combined to total 62 minutes of floor time last season. Jerekius Davis, Kadavion Evans and Frank Bartley IV, all of whom red shirted last season, round out the current Cajuns roster.
The Cajuns have been busy working to fill out their remaining spots. They have signed four incoming freshmen in Roydell Brown, Herman Williams, P.J. Hardy and Justin Miller and have also been linked to a couple high-profile transfers.
According to Josh Parrott of the Basketball Times, the Cajuns have lined up recruiting visits with former Southern California guard Malik Marquetti and Ole Miss graduate transfer Terry Brutus.