As reported on UCBearcats.com, freshman forward DeAndre Coleman has left the Bearcats Men's Basketball program for personal reasons.
The Stone Mountain, Georgia native, played in six of the teams seven games this season and averaged around seven minutes of action per game while posting 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO THE BEARCATS
Bearcat Insiders Dave Berk had these comments about Coleman leaving.
"With Coleman leaving the program, Coach Andy Kennedy won't have much room to work his bench. While Coleman was not seeing much time, many felt he would progress enough to post more minutes as the season continued."
"With the ability to play inside and outside, Coleman showed the potential to grow and become a major threat during his career."
"While there has been no talk of what type of personal problems Coleman may be experiencing, some around the Bearcats program have questioned his work ethic and desire to work within the Bearcats system. Many could also look at the lack of minutes since the regular season began and even the possibility of home sickness to have contributed to his departure."
"Several in the media have asked about the players sitting behind the Bearcats main players, Coach Kennedy has stated on several occasions he didn't feel he had any other options from his team. Bearcat fans will now see if there are any effects as the team progresses through the season. If Coleman doesn't return, this is another issue the Bearcats will have to face next season with one less scholarship player returning next season."
"College athletes' leaving during their freshman year is nothing new, some will return while others will transfer to a school they feel is worth their services. Coleman leaving could become a major blow depending upon who the coach is after this season."
Bearcat Insiders basketball expert Casey Weldon had the following comments.
DeAndre received a lot of playing time in the off season, highly recruited; DeAndre seems to have been placed in a role that won't really allow him to be a "Factor" during his freshman season."
"Coach Kennedy has spoken of players that just don't seem mentally equipped to be on the floor at crucial times, most likely because of defensive understandings and an ability to work within the offense effectively."
"A deadly outside shooter, Coleman is a versatile scorer with decent handles, with his long body and athleticism he will be something the Bearcats will miss. Versatile enough to play in the front or backcourt, especially due to a relatively short bench and undersized big men, Coleman gave the Bearcats a potential Armein Kirkland in the making."
"While the notorious "personal reasons" could mean anything from sickness in the family, school, or an internal issue with the coaching staff, the limited action Coleman received during the first seven games of his UC career appears to be a major factor in the teenager's decision-making process."
The Bearcats will take the floor Saturday night with a total of 12 players. Out of those players only six average double figure minutes.