BYU's already thin basketball ranks got a little thinner this week when a couple of players announced they won't be back for next season.

Reserve guard Mike Herring said Wednesday he is leaving the team and planning to look for a new school to play for. Inside player John Fish said earlier this month that he is going on an LDS mission.Herring, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 13 minutes and 2.9 points a game last year as a sophomore. His season high was 13 against San Diego State. Fish, who could well have been a starter next year, decided to file papers to fill a mission. The 6-foot-9 Fish averaged 13 minutes and 4.2 points a game.

BYU also loses All-America Michael Smith, who graduated this year.

BYU Coach Roger Reid said he talked with Herring early this week, but Herring hadn't decided on his plans. Reid said playing time was a factor. The Cougars return both starting guards next year - Marty Haws and Kevin Santiago.