by Tyler Norris Goode
published November 28, 2007 3:07 pm
CULLOWHEE - Nick Aldridge, the Catamounts' leading scorer, has quit the Western Carolina men's basketball team.
A sophomore from South Webster, Ohio, Aldridge was averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for WCU (2-4).
He did not play in WCU's 10-point loss to Elon on Tuesday due to a violation of unspecified team rules.
WCU coach Larry Hunter issued the following statement about Aldridge:
“Nick Aldridge has made a decision to no longer be a part of our basketball program. Nick had some issues that we felt were being detrimental to the development of our team and we have for some time been trying to help him work through these issues. He has chosen not to work with us any longer. The bottom line is he has quit our team. We are moving forward as a team and a program.”
WCU spokesman Daniel Hooker would not discuss the nature of Aldridge team-rules violation except to say Aldridge did not break the law.
Too bad for WCU. Nick Aldridge is a heck of a player.