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Sophomore Center Jordan Hare leaves University of Rhode Island's Basketball Team

Jordan Hare shown above, has left the University of Rhode Island’s basketball team for personal reasons.
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URI sophomore forward Jordan Hare will take an indefinite leave of absence from all basketball activities to focus on personal matters, head coach Dan Hurley announced yesterday. The University released an statement that said neither the basketball program nor the athletics department is allowed to comment on the situation any further, regarding back to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Hare will still continue to take classes at URI and will maintain his full time student status at the school. Hare was a starter for a good chunk of the 2012 season, getting the nod in 19 of URI's 29 games. This 6’10 center averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. Many assumed that Hare would get more minutes this season as Rhode Island looked to rebound from a disappointing down year that saw them finish 8-21.

ANALYSIS:

Hare was an tremendous prospect with tremendous length, size and athletic ability. Hare had great upside, but that looks to be diminished with his sudden leave of absence. Unless he decides to rejoin the team, or transfer to another program, we will not be able to watch his growth as a player. Hare’s best performance came last season in a surprising 58-54 loss to Loyola on November 23, as he accounted for eight points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks in 28 minutes. With Biruta, Martin, sophomore Mike Aaman and redshirt freshman Ifeanyi Onyekaba at his disposal, Hurley will still have options inside, but none would be considered to be a shot-blocker of Hare’s caliber. The loss of Hare will certainly have an impact on URI this season as Coach Hurley felt that the Saginaw, Mich., native could develop into one of the top frontline players in the A-10.

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Parks Smith, ESPN