The Southern Miss basketball team started the season with a lack of depth and it just became significantly thinner.
USM announced Friday that first-year head coach Doc Sadler has decided to release a pair of guards, junior Dallas Anglin and sophomore Shadell Millinghaus.
The players asked to be released from their scholarships and they were granted that release, according to a USM athletic department spokesman.
“We have released Dallas and Shadell from the men’s basketball program,” Sadler said in the press release. “I wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
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The loss of the two guards leaves USM with nine scholarship players.
Both players were in their first seasons with the Golden Eagles. Anglin, a former Hofstra player, competed last year at the College of Southern Idaho under current USM assistant Jeremy Cox.
Millinghaus, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, sat out last season while attending USM and was playing a significant role in the backcourt this season.
Millinghaus started six of seven games this year and was the team's fourth-leading scorer (8.6 ppg).
Anglin played in six games this year, starting one. He averaged 6.1 points a game.
The loss of Anglin and Millinghaus is a significant blow the team's chances at competing in Conference USA this season. The two players were among the team's best 3-point shooters. Both players hit 46.2 percent of their 3-point attempts.
Sadler's pro-style offense relies heavily on the outside shot. Matt Bingaya (33.3 percent) and Rasham Suarez (34.6) are now the team's two best 3-point shooters.
Southern Miss is 4-3 coming off a poor performance in a 75-43 loss to Rhode Island in Hattiesburg on Dec. 6.
Millinghaus was the team's top scorer (13) and rebounder (6) in the game. Anglin did not play against Rhode Island.
The departure of Anglin and Millinghaus likely means more minutes for a pair of true freshmen, Kevin Holland and Keljin Blevins. Junior walk-on guard Jamie Chapman and redshirt freshman Davon Hayes should also see more playing time.
USM hosts NAIA Spring Hill at 7 p.m. on Saturday.