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Wyoming freshman Sam Averbuck reacts after a 3-pointer by Jason McManamen on Jan. 20, 2016 at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

LARAMIE — Guard Sam Averbuck is graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in management and will leave the men's basketball program with two years of eligibility remaining, UW announced. Averbuck is one of seven Cowboys set to graduate. 

The 6-foot-4 Santa Rosa, California, native redshirted in 2015-16 and scored four points in 63 minutes played over the last two seasons. He also recorded five rebounds and six assists.

Averbuck becomes the ninth player from the 2017-18 team who will not return. Four seniors graduated and Anthony Mack, Andrew Moemeka, Buddah Jones and Cody Kelley each announced their plans to transfer. Mack announced he is transferring to Miami. Justin James submitted his name for early entry for the NBA draft, but did not sign an agent and can choose to return to Wyoming as late as May 30.

Kelley tweeted April 15 that Averbuck had transferred "weeks ago," but UW was unable to confirm Averbuck was leaving the program until putting out a release on the players graduating.

As a walk-on, Averbuck's departure does not open another scholarship for the Cowboys. Six of the Cowboys' eight available scholarships have been accounted for by signees.

Averbuck is one of three underclassmen receiving degrees in addition to seniors Alan Herndon (social science, adding to his psychology degree), Hayden Dalton (management), Alexander Aka Gorski (management) and Lou Adams (social science, will graduate in the summer). Nyaires Redding, who remains on the team, is receiving a social science degree and Kelley is receiving a degree in kinesiology and health promotion.

Follow University of Wyoming athletics reporter Brandon Foster on Twitter @BFoster91


College Sports Reporter

Brandon Foster reports on University of Wyoming athletics. He joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and covering Mizzou athletics for two years. A St. Louis native, he lives in Laramie.

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