Forward Koang Doluony has left the team for personal reasons, UNO coach Derrin Hansen said Tuesday.
“He obviously had some things off the court he needed to attend to and give more full attention to,” Hansen said. “Trying to give full attention to that and give full attention to basketball doesn't do either one justice. He picked the most important one.”
Hansen said Doluony had both family responsibilities and graduate school commitments and that the parting was amicable.
“We were glad to have him as a member of our program and appreciate his efforts,” Hansen said. “We wish him nothing but the best.”
Doluony, an Omaha Bryan product, started his collegiate career at Indiana State, where he played three seasons as a reserve. Having already graduated, he was eligible immediately when he transferred to UNO.
The Mavs expected Doluony to contribute solid overall play and added experience to the roster, and the 6-foot-8 senior earned a starting job.
But after playing 20 minutes in a season-opening win over Northern Illinois and then 27 minutes — while scoring 11 points — in a loss to St. Mary (Kan.), Doluony continued to start but scored just five points while averaging 11 minutes over the next four games.
He was scoreless in three minutes off the bench the following game, then didn't travel with the team for its last four games to “attend to a personal matter.”
He averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds.
“It was frustrating early, but you didn't know about the other part,” Hansen said.
With Doluony's departure, UNO is down to 10 scholarship players and 11 total, with guard Jalen Bradley continuing to sit out as a redshirt and Mike Rostampour as a transfer.
UNO plays Saturday at Denver.
“He played the 3 (small forward) and the 4 (power forward), so there's some more minutes there for Marcus Tyus (on the wing) and Simon Krych (at forward),” Hansen said, referring to two freshmen. “What isn't perfect in the short term is going to help over the long term because of the development and playing time they'll get.”
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