Utah loses a pair of players to transfer

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Utah was hit was some significant attrition Friday.

The Utes announced the transfers of Devon Daniels and JoJo Zamora, a pair of players with significant backcourt experience.

“There are certain responsibilities and expectations that are critical in being a member of our program,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a release. “We wish these young men the very best in their future endeavors.”

The duo started 46 combined games last season for Utah, which went 20-12, finished fourth in the Pac-12 and lost in the first round of the NIT this year. Daniels, who averaged 10 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, served a three-game suspension during the year for a violation of team rules.

“It was definitely hard, because I love my teammates,” Daniels told the Salt Lake Tribune regarding his transfer. “The coaches taught me a lot. But I talked with my family and the coaches, and we thought it would be best for both parties. For the Utes and me.”

Zamora averaged 6.9 points per game for the Utes.

The professional decision of Kyle Kuzma now looms large for Utah. The 6-foot-9 junior has declared for the NBA draft, but has not hired an agent. If he should ultimately decide to keep his name in the draft, the Utes will be looking at nearly a significant tire reboot from last year’s team.