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Remaining two recruits decommit from UB men's basketball program

Durey Cadwell and James Rojas, the two remaining recruits in the University at Buffalo men's basketball team's incoming 2019 class, have decommitted from the Bulls.

Their departures mean that UB no longer has any players committed to its 2019 class, nine days after Nate Oats left UB to become head coach of the Alabama men's basketball team.

Noah Williams, a 6-foot-5-inch guard from Seattle, announced Wednesday night that he has decommitted. Andre Allen, a 6-foot-9-inch forward at Arizona Western College, announced last week that he plans to request his release from UB.

Cadwell posted Friday on Twitter that he has reopened his recruitment. He would need a release from UB to sign elsewhere.

Cadwell averaged 7.9 points and shot 46.3 percent (87 for 188), including 42.1 percent on 3-point attempts (40 for 95) in his first season at Daytona State College.

JucoRecruiting.com reported Friday that Rojas, 6-foot-7-inch forward, has requested his release from UB and will also reopen his recruitment. Rojas recently completed his second season at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in Kansas and played high school basketball at Jamestown.

Rojas has not responded to messages left by The News.

In two seasons at Hutchinson, Rojas averaged 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and shot 50.6 percent (300 for 593) for the Blue Dragons.

Allen averaged 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds, and had a field-goal percentage of 47.3 in 32 games for Arizona Western this season.

Williams was the only high school player in this year's incoming class. The three-star recruit helped O'Dea High School in Seattle win the Washington Class 3A boys basketball championship.

UB is expected to interview finalists for the men's basketball coaching opening this weekend at the Final Four in Minneapolis. Once Oats' successor is hired and introduced, it's likely that new coach will have to work quickly to check in on the four players who have reopened their recruitment or who have asked for releases.

UB has not said how it will handle the request for releases during its coaching search.

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