Burn The Horse has confirmed that sophomore to be point guard John Gillon has asked for and received his release from UALR.
Gillon averaged 10.6 points and 2.4 assists in 27 games last season as a freshman. It’s not yet known where he will transfer to. UALR has not officially confirmed Gillon’s departure.
Gillon’s career started off with a bang when he came off the bench to score 22 points in the season opening victory over Tennessee-Martin. It was believed to be the highest total ever by a UALR freshman in his first game. An injury midway through the season stalled his progress a bit but he still managed to be one of only two Trojans to surpass 10 points per game.
He shot 39 percent from three-point range and a team-best 81.7 percent from the free throw line.
How it impacts UALR remains to be seen. If Gillon had stayed, he likely would have had to compete for minutes at the shooting guard position. UALR returns sophomore point guard Josh Hagins, who started 19 games last year and averaged 8.1 points and 3.1 assists. UALR also signed junior college point guard Devonte Smith, who as a freshman helped South Plains College to an undefeated national championship.
Competition at the shooting guard spot figures to be fierce. Senior Leroy Isler (7.4 ppg) played there much of last season. Other returnees include sophomore Kemy Osse (4.7 ppg), who also saw time at point guard last season, and junior Ben Dillard (6.4 ppg). Freshman Mareik Isom sat out last season after preseason surgery. He might be the most intriguing option because he can play both the 2 and 3 spots, is reported to be a very good shooter, and is 6-7.
Gillon and Hagins committed to UALR on the same day and figured to compete for point guard minutes. The hope was that both would be able to co-exist and develop into a formidable point guard tandem for four years. They were effective as freshmen, even more so when paired together in the UALR lineup.