For a team that’s losing just one senior to graduation, Miami University will have a much different men’s basketball roster in 2013-14.
Drew McGhee announced his intention to transfer to Kennesaw State in early April, noting that he will graduate from MU in August. RedHawks coach John Cooper confirmed Tuesday that three other players with remaining eligibility — Allen Roberts, Jared Tadlock and Jon Harris — are also leaving.
According to Cooper, Roberts will be graduating and is looking for a new school, Tadlock is moving on to Division II Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan., and Harris wants to be closer to his northeast Ohio home because of an illness in his family.
Cooper wouldn’t say if any of those scholarships weren’t being renewed.
“Jon is hoping to go to Cleveland State and get immediate eligibility because of his family situation, and we’re all for that,” Cooper said of Harris, who averaged 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season as a junior. “He’s a good kid, classy, a quality person. He’s making the right decision for the right reason.
“We’re appreciative of what Allen did and what he gave us this year. He’s going to have a Miami degree, so it’s a good thing. Jared is a terrific kid and wanted the opportunity to play, and if he left, he wanted to get closer to home. Fort Hays is about four hours away from Denver.”
Roberts, a Middletown High School graduate, led Miami in scoring this year with a 12.3 average. Tadlock scored just eight points in two seasons in Oxford.
MU already has two Australians, Joshua Oswald and Jaryd Eustace, in the fold for next season. Beyond those two, Cooper said he has four scholarships available.
The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News have reported that Blake McLimans, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward on Michigan’s national runner-up team this year, will graduate and complete his eligibility with the RedHawks in 2013-14.
Cooper declined comment on McLimans, who played in 71 games with the Wolverines, averaging 0.9 points and 0.8 rebounds per contest.