Cooper Ainge quits BYU basketball team; Alan Hamson will redshirt 2015–16 season

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BYU freshman guard Cooper Ainge decided to leave the BYU basketball team. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU freshman guard Cooper Ainge decided to leave the BYU basketball team. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU freshman guard Cooper Ainge has left the BYU basketball team to concentrate on academics, BYU head coach Dave Rose announced Thursday night.

Ainge redshirted from 2012–13 before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. His father, Danny Ainge, played for BYU and in the NBA from 1981–95.

Another roster change is BYU freshman Alan Hamson will be redshirting the 2015–16 season. Hamson, a 7-foot-2-inch forward, is the brother of Jennifer Hamson, an All-American in volleyball and basketball at BYU.

“We look forward to (Alan Hamson) practicing with us and seeing how he develops during the season,” Rose said. “And then (Cooper Ainge) will just be a student here at BYU from now on.”

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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