Loyd Leaving BYU

Guard Michael Loyd is leaving BYU and will finish his two years of eligibility elsewhere, Coach Rose announced on Thursday. Loyd had a breakout performance last season, creating much optimism for the basketball program's future. Unfortunately, Loyd has played his last game as a Cougar.

The following is BYU's press release:

PROVO, Utah (April 29, 2010) – BYU head basketball coach Dave Rose announced Thursday that sophomore guard Michael Loyd, Jr., is leaving the program and will complete his basketball eligibility at another institution.

"Michael and I have met several times and we have mutually decided he will continue his education and basketball career in another program," Rose said. "He has been a significant part of our success the last three seasons and we are grateful for his many contributions. As a staff we wish him the best and will do all we can to help Michael find a great situation."

Loyd played his freshman season at BYU in 2007-08 and averaged 2.0 points and 1.2 assists. He helped the Cougars claim the MWC regular season title, advance to the NCAA Tournament and finish 27-8 overall and 14-2 in league play.

After redshirting in 2008-09, Loyd helped the Cougars to a 30-6 record and another NCAA Tournament bid. He had his best game as a Cougar in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, posting a career-high 26 points in BYU's 99-92 double-overtime win over Florida. He averaged 5.1 points and 1.2 assists while shooting .528 from the field and .422 from downtown.

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