Dut becomes second Wyoming player this week to enter NCAA Transfer Portal
LARAMIE -- Deng Dut appeared in just 12 games during his first season in Laramie.
Turns out, it was also his last.
The native Australian entered the NCAA Transfer Portal Saturday, becoming the second Cowboy to take that avenue and the third to leave the program since the season came to an end last Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio.
John Grigsby also entered the portal earlier in the week and Drake Jeffries has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and intends to enter the professional ranks.
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Dut, a 6-foot-4, 192-pound point guard, was a First Team All-American the previous season at the College of Southern Idaho. He was also named the Region 18 Player of the Year after averaging 14.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per outing. Dut connected on 51% of his shots from the field and netted 48% from beyond the arc. That ranked him sixth in the nation.
Dut helped lead the Golden Eagles to a conference championship and the No. 3 seed at the Junior College National Tournament.
The Melbourne product was also recruited by Georgia, Creighton and St. Johns.
Dut scored just eight points in a Wyoming uniform, his best outing coming in an 85-45 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluffs. He hit one 3-pointer that day inside the Arena-Auditorium.
With Jeff Linder moving Hunter Maldonado to the point guard spot in an attempt to replace former conference Freshman of the Year, Marcus Williams, Dut struggled to find minutes. He played a season-high 25 in a win over Hastings College (Neb.) but appeared in just two Mountain West Conference games.
Dut didn't see the floor in the Cowboys final 19 games, including the 66-58 setback against Indiana in the First Four game of the NCAA Tournament.
Hunter Thompson and Maldonado have yet to publicly announce if they will return for a final season in Laramie. They both have one year of eligibility remaining because of the NCAA granting an extra year to all players due to the COVID-19 pandemic.