he University of Massachusetts men's basketball program has added one player and lost another. Little-used big man Olivier Lamoureux is leaving after one year as a Minuteman, while Etienne Brower is transferring to UMass from Boston University.
Lamoureux, a 6-foot-9 forward from Montreal, was hampered by a collection of ailments during his freshman year. His Minuteman playing career consisted of 93 seconds of action against Boston University.
UMass coach Travis Ford chose not to comment on the departure of Lamoureux, but confirmed that he will not be back. Ford said he is not sure about the plans of Lamoureux, who could not be reached for comment. His future is uncertain. If he chooses to attend another college in the United States, he'd have to sit out a season and would have three years of eligibility remaining.
If Lamoureux enrolls in a Canadian university such as McGill University, he would be eligible immediately. Former UMass staff assistant Pete Yannopoulos was an assistant coach at Champlain-St. Lambert, Lamoureux's high school. Yannopoulos is currently as assistant at McGill.
Lamoureux's departure gives Ford another scholarship to work with during recruiting this fall.
Brower was not available for comment. His father, Quinis Brower, confirmed that his son is Amherst-bound.
Brower will be a walk-on at UMass, but he will have a higher profile than most nonscholarship players. Brower started all 29 games for the Terriers last season and averaged 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds as a sophomore. The 6-foot-7 forward from West Hempstead, N.Y., earned All-America East third team honors. He will have to sit out a year, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Ford is not allowed to comment on Brower until classes start in the fall, because he's a nonscholarship player.
NOTE: Former Amherst Regional big man Ben Coblyn could benefit from Brower's departure. Coblyn, who redshirted last year at BU, will likely compete for some of Brower's playing time.
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