Freshman forward David Laury was dismissed from the WKU basketball team today by the coaching staff for undisclosed reasons.
“We have granted David his release,” said coach Ken McDonald in a press release. “It is disappointing that he is not interested in living up to the championship standards of our basketball program, and more importantly our university. We wish him all the best with his future.”
This adds yet another twist to the saga of the spring signing period class of 2009 for McDonald and the Toppers. There had been questions about the high school Laury graduated from, Alif Muhammad Nia Prep School, along with questions about the eligiblity of freshman Terrence Boyd and the character of junior college transfer Cliff Dixon.
There’s been no official word as to the reason for Laury’s dismissal, but some close to the team have questioned Laury’s work ethic and desire to play.
As far as where this leaves WKU: Laury was supposed to help fill the void left by the transfer of center D.J. Magley to Tulsa, but thanks to the addition of Dixon this spring, Laury’s departure won’t hurt as much, though it will affect the depth in the post.
This all may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for McDonald and the Topper staff, as this is one character issue that they have dealt with swiftly and assertively. Considering that Laury was dismissed less than a month after arriving on campus says that maybe the coaching staff made a wrong choice on Laury, but only time will tell on the rest of the class.