Vandal Hoops Lose Spruel

The Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA newspaper) reported today that 2002 Idaho Men's Basketball recruit, <b>Delvin Spruel</b>, will be leaving the University of Idaho team to be with his ailing father. Although we looked forward to watching Delvin play in Moscow this year, we wish to send our sympathy to him and his family during this trying time, and our hope for his father's recovery.

From the The Spokesman Review, Wednesday July 3rd edition

Spruel leaves Vandals basketball team

The University of Idaho men's basketball program has lost recruit Delvin Spruel because of an illness in Spruel's family, coach Leonard Perry said Tuesday.

Spruel's father was diagnosed with cancer about six weeks ago, Perry said. "The kid wants to be closer to his father, and I can certainly sympathize with that."

Spruel, a 6-foot-2 guard, sat out last season after averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 assists two years ago for Lee Junior College in Baytown, Texas. He is a native of Baton Rouge, La.

"I think he wants to play; he just needs to be closer to home," Perry said. "His mother works at Southeastern Louisiana, so that may be an option for him. I know he's very close to his father."

Perry said Spruel's scholarship probably will be awarded to freshman guard Sam Jackson, who paid his own way last year at Idaho.

"Sam did great academically last year," Perry said. "They all did."

Perry said three of last year's four seniors -- Bethuel Fletcher, Rodney Hilaire and Matt Gerschefske -- earned their degrees. The fourth, Marquis Holmes, is on schedule to graduate in December.

Nate Watson, who missed his senior season because of health reasons, also received his degree, Perry said.


•Idaho's 2002-03 basketball schedule is virtually complete. The Vandals will open on the road against Oregon State of the Pacific-10 Conference. The rest of the non-conference slate includes two dates with Boise State, home games with Washington State, Montana State and Sacramento State and visits to Eastern Washington and University of Montana.

Idaho did not play Gonzaga last season and won't again this season. It does appear that the two schools will play in Spokane during the 2003-04 season, Perry said.

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