Maestri: ‘I don’t expect Mo back next season’

Published 11:36 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Troy basketball head coach Don Maestri said Wednesday that he does not expect point guard Will “Mo” Weathers back next season.

Weathers, who could not be contacted by telephone, said via his Twitter account Tuesday “im skippin my senior season to go pro.”

Maestri said he has had conversations with Weathers and that all indications pointed toward the rising senior not returning.

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“When I talked to him he said he had interest in exploring his options as a pro,” Maestri said. “We’ve got to move forward as if he’s not coming back. I don’t expect Mo back next season.

Maestri said that if professional opportunities don’t present themselves, Weathers would have the option of transferring to another school.

The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft was April 29 but playing in a professional league overseas is still a possibility.

Weathers, who transferred from UCF and sat out the 2009-10 season, scored a team-high 12.2 points per game last season. He also earned All-Sun Belt honors as a sophomore in 2010-11.

“We’ve signed some really good players,” Maestri said. “There is also a lot of talent coming back.”

Troy returns Emil Jones, who ran the point to spell Weathers last season.

Jones averaged 9.6 points per game and led the team with 5.9 rebounds per contest.

The Trojans have also already signed a point guard during the offseason in Antione Myers.

Myers played at Pensacola State College last season.

Troy will open the 2012-13 season in the new Trojan Arena against Mississippi State on Nov. 9.