Vincent Eze and Dennis Ashley have at least one more year of college basketball eligibility remaining, but they won’t be using it at the University of Maine.
Both players will graduate from UMaine in May and plan to pursue basketball opportunities elsewhere.
“They are both graduating [and leaving]. They were part of our Seniors Day [activities],” UMaine head coach Richard Barron said.
Eze is a scholarship athlete, while Ashley was competing as a walk-on.
Under NCAA eligibility guidelines, student-athletes are allowed five years in which to complete four years of eligibility. Those who graduate in four years but have a year of eligibility remaining are allowed to transfer for that fifth year of competition and may compete immediately.
The most recent UMaine player to do that was Aaron Calixte, who is playing this season at the University of Oklahoma.
Both Eze, a 6-foot-8 forward, and Ashley, a 6-foot-1 guard, sat out a redshirt year during the 2015-2016 season. Eze also missed the 2017-2018 season after hip surgeries, so he could petition the NCAA to gain a second year of additional eligibility.
Eze, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 64 games during his two seasons at UMaine. He averaged a career-high 6.8 points and 4.2 rebounds this season while appearing in all 32 games, including 19 starts.
Ashley, who hails from Los Angeles, averaged 3.7 points and one rebound during his 85-game career spanning three seasons. He appeared in 24 games this year, including his only career start, and averaged a career-high 4.1 points per game.
UMaine finished this season 5-27 overall, 3-13 in America East, culminating in last Saturday’s 73-57 loss against regular-season champion Vermont in the conference quarterfinals.