An already shorthanded University of Miami men’s basketball team took yet another blow on Tuesday.
Head coach Jim Larrañaga announced that junior forward James Kelly has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
"James is a fine young man but we need him to have a clear focus on what is expected of a student-athlete at the University of Miami," Larrañaga said in a statement.
The 6-7, 246-pounder, who transferred from Owens Community College, is averaging seven points, four rebounds and 19.7 minutes per game in his first season with the Hurricanes. He has played in 23 games (11 starts) and leads the team in field-goal percentage (51 percent).
Miami lost freshman guard Deandre Burnett to an injury before the season started. Freshman Corn Elder, who played on the football team, underwent knee surgery in late November. Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez have had to sit out per NCAA transfer rules.
Larrañaga also announced that sophomore walk-on guard Steve Sorenson has left the team to focus on academics. Sorenson played in 10 games over two seasons.