Both players were two of the lower men on the totem pole in new head coach Steve Wojciechowski's rotation. Burton averaged 16.1 minutes in eight games, while Dawson played only four minutes in the season opener against UT-Martin.
“We appreciate all that Deonte and John have contributed to the program since our staff arrived in April,” Wojciechowski said in a press release. “We will do everything we can to help them make the next step in their respective careers and wish them nothing but the best in the future.”
Dawson's departure makes sense, but Burton's loss could hurt the program. Burton showed flashes of offensive brilliance in his first season at Marquette. He averaged 6.4 points on 47 percent shooting in his sophomore season.
The loss of Dawson and Burton means Marquette will have only eight eligible players beginning Dec. 16 against Arizona State. Sophomore transfer Luke Fischer will bring Marquette some much-needed size when he makes his debut against the Sun Devils next Tuesday.