LARAMIE -- Eoin Nelson is leaving the Wyoming basketball program.

The 6-foot-10, 229-pound junior becomes the third Cowboy since season's to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, joining John Grigsby and Deng Dut. Drake Jeffries, who has one season of eligibility remaining, has hired an agent and intends to play professional basketball.

Nelson, a Dublin, Ireland native, appeared in just seven games this year, averaging 2.5 minutes per outing.

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Nelson, also known as the "Big Shamrock," played a season-high six minutes on Nov. 26 in a 108-59 victory over Hastings College (Neb.) His best outing came against Arkansas-Pine Bluffs, where the forward netted four points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field.

 

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An ankle injury derailed Nelson's first season in Laramie. The Otero Junior College transfer appeared in just eight games for the Cowboys. In the 2020-21 season opener against Mississippi Valley State, Nelson poured in a career-best nine points and hit four of his five attempts. He added six in a road win at Utah Valley.

Graham Ike slide into the starting role in late January and Nelson was never able to regain significant minutes.

Nelson received interest from Boise State, Florida Gulf Coast and Montana State after helping his UCD Marian team to the National Club Finals in 2018. During the U20 European Championships, he averaged 9.7 points and six rebounds a night.

During his one season in Lu Junta, Colo., Nelson shot 58% from the floor and scored six points an outing. He also added 5.8 rebounds. Nelson will have one season of eligibility remaining.

Grigsby announced Monday that he will continue his career at Concordia University-St. Paul (Minn.). Dut has yet to announce his next destination.

Jeff Linder now has three open scholarships. Wyoming also still has two seniors, Hunter Thompson and Hunter Maldonado, who have yet to make their decision for the 2022-23 season public.

Caden Powell, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound center from Waco Texas is the Cowboys lone known commit for the 2022 recruiting class.

Wyoming finished the season 25-9 overall and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time in program history. Linder's Pokes lost to Indiana 66-58 last Tuesday in the First Four game in Dayton, Ohio.

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