What a bummer. Anyone have any insights? Seems a bit bizarre
First, I don't think I have ever seen an announcement of a player in the transfer portal where the notification mentioned they called the head coach to confirm (in this case Lars). Lars confirms and says something along the lines of "Payton is a good man, we hope he stays" which I suppose is nice but seems overly brief. That aside, I guess we can only speculate about reasons he might be pursuing other opportunities but it just seem odds since he played such a prominent role for us last year. For my money, he was the 2nd best offensive player (behind MM) with plenty of room for development. In the last few games, teams were poling him and putting a short stick on Dox. Even though this upcoming season could technically be his 1st year, I believe this is his 3rd year at UVA so it seems odd it would have anything to do with the school, teammates, system etc. Guess we can only hope for the best, but aside from Matt Moore I can't think of another player we could lose that would be a bigger loss.
There was some discussion about how free agency might impact various teams chemistry/culture and I know a number of folks surfaced Duke since they added so many (5-6 I think) but could it be that our adding one (who will be one and done) winds up costing us a very high level player with 4 years of eligibility...man I hope this is not the case and there is some other motivation.