Marques Hayden Off the Team

Hayden will not return to K-State men's basketball team this year. The senior averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 15 games this season

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior forward Marques Hayden will not return to the Kansas State men's basketball team this year, head coach Jim Wooldridge announced on Saturday morning.

"We feel at this time it is in the best interest of Marques and the program that he not return to the team this year," said Wooldridge.

Hayden will not be involved in any team-related activity for the reminder of the 2004-05 season, but will remain enrolled in classes at Kansas State. A determination of his future with the program will be made at a later date.

Hayden saw action in 15 games as a junior in 2004-05, including 13 starts. He averaged 6.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting (41-of-95) with 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.6 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game. He had not seen action in four consecutive games due to his constant battles with migraine headaches. Hayden's last appearance came in the Wildcats' 63-51 win over Iowa State on Jan. 26, where he went scoreless in six minutes of action.

A two-year lettermen for the Wildcats, Hayden saw action in all 28 games as a sophomore in 2003-04 and all 30 games as a freshman in 2002-03. In 73 career games as a Wildcat, he averaged 7.3 points on 49.4 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 22 minutes per game.

Wooldridge will have no other statement regarding Hayden until after the Wildcats' game with Texas.

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