BURN THE HORSEUALR will not have a scholarship senior on its roster for the 2012-2013 season.
Seniors to be Eric Lawton and Reggie Fondren have decided to transfer elsewhere for next season. Also departing is freshman walk-on point guard Tre'von Wilkerson, who redshirted last season.
It leaves UALR with six scholarship returnees and six incoming recruits, one short of the NCAA limit of 13 scholarship players.
Lawton averaged 2.9 points while playing nine minutes per game last season after transferring from junior college. He was used primarily as a back-up at point guard, which was not his natural position.
Fondren averages 1.8 points while playing eight minutes per game after also transferring from a junior college. His minutes increased in the middle of the season and he was a key in a road victory at North Texas to start Sun Belt Conference play. But his minutes dipped again late in the season.
UALR's lone senior next season is walk-on Ted Crass, who was activated late last year after serving as the team's manager in previous years. Here's how UALR's roster breaks down next year by class:
Senior: Ted Crass (WO)
Junior: Will Neighbour
Sophomores: Ben Dillard, Michael Javes, Gus Leeper and Taggart Lockhart
Freshmen: James White, Casey Wilmath (WO), John Gillon, Josh Hagins, Mareik Isom, Stetson Billings, Kemy Osse and Andrew Poulter.
UALR has only one junior college transfer on the roster in Neighbour. But he's not a typical juco player because he originally signed with UALR out of high school and had three years to play when he arrived at UALR.