Richard Morrow and Tyler Pate expected to leave FAU Basketball, sources say


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Richard Morrow knifes to the rim in a Dec. 3 game versus UCF. Photo by Max Jackson

There are at least two players expected to leave the FAU basketball in the coming weeks and both are members of the Owl backcourt, according to sources very close to the program.

Tyler Pate, a guard who will be heading into his sophomore season, is expected to transfer to a junior college, but it is not known which one(s) he is considered. Pate played in 16 games this season, averaging five minutes and one point a game. The Texas native never really seemed to find his niche within the team, which led to a lack of a playing time — especially within a crowded Owl backcourt.

Richard Morrow, a guard who hails from Cleveland, “probably won’t come back.” An interesting ordeal led to his involvement with FAU basketball. After leaving Tiffin College, he lived — illegally — with a friend in Indian River Towers, a dorm building located on the main FAU campus. He worked out with the team and joined as a walk-on before the 2012-2013 season. A terrific athlete, Morrow actually started a significant portion of games during the 2012-2013 season and even earned a scholarship. For reasons unknown, he found himself in head coach Mike Jarvis’ doghouse early on this season, resulting in a severe decrease in his playing time. He averaged two points and two rebounds in 10 games this season.

Jarvis resigned at the end of this past season after FAU basketball went 10-22 and lost its final six games of the season. The departures of Morrow and Pate will mean scholarships that new coach Michael Curry can use to bring talent to the program as soon as next year.

In recruiting news, Armel Potter, a guard from Marietta, Ga., decommitted from FAU basketball on Friday per his Twitter account for reasons he has not yet disclosed. Potter originally chose FAU while Mike Jarvis still had the head coaching position, and because he never signed a National Letter of Intent, he is free to choose another school.

Traveis Graham, a wing player from Stuart, Fla., signed a National Letter of Intent to play for FAU while Mike Jarvis was still employed and has not asked for a release, even though the coach he pledged to is now no longer associated with the program.

Maceo Baston II, a wing player from Detroit, signed with the team last week and visited FAU last weekend. He is the first recruit to sign under new head basketball coach Michael Curry.

Update: Tyler Pate actually signed with Blinn College (Brenham, Texas) on April 10.

Wesley Wright is the Sports Editor of the University Press. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @NotEvenWes.