"I think it's better that Jared stay close to home, due to the recent passing of his grandmother, along with other family issues we've been dealing with," said Terrell's mother, Michelle Ross. "It's been hard on our family, and this is a tough decision to make. Jared was looking forward to attending Oklahoma State, but this is what's best for our family at this time."
Terrell, a 6-3 guard originally from Weymouth, Mass., was considered a tremendous recruiting get for the Cowboys as he would have brought a tremendous amount of athleticism and the ability to create off the dribble and play with a physical presence in the backcourt.
"We are disappointed that Jared won't be a part of the Cowboy basketball family," Ford said. "He's had a lot of unfortunate circumstances occur in his life recently, and I understand that his family and their well-being takes precedence. We wish him nothing but the best, and hope that everything works out for him."
Ford and his staff will really be looking now for some backcourt help to go with the recently announced signing of 7-1 junior college post Anthony Allen, a rim defender and shot blocker deluxe who is also a good rebounder.
The Cowboys lost freshman guard Steven Clark during the season when he was dismissed from the program for a team rules violation and then two arrests, one on a charge of possession of marijuana and the other on outraging public indecency.
Marcus Smart, as expected, declared for the NBA Draft and Markel Brown was a graduating senior, and now Terrell's release still leaves the Cowboys in some backcourt need.
Two "super seniors" graduating that were rumored to be at least looking at Oklahoma State as they pursue a place to play their final season are Matt Carlino of BYU and Byron Wesley of USC.
It is too late on Carlino as he announced moments ago that he is going to Marquette. The competition for Wesley is stiff as he is being pursued by Baylor, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Providence.