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Maymon leaves Eagles

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Associated Press
December 15, 2009
— Freshman forward Jeronne Maymon has left the Marquette University basketball team, leaving Buzz Williams without his first recruit as head coach.

Maymon, a two-time AP Wisconsin high school Player of the Year, got off to a rough start during fall conditioning drills at Marquette and later hurt his hip.


The former Madison Memorial star averaged 4.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in nine games as a reserve for Marquette, missing a Dec. 5 loss to North Carolina State with a hip pointer.


Williams, the second-year coach, didn’t make it seem anything was wrong when talking about Maymon before the Golden Eagles’ 72-63 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday. Maymon played a season-high 22 minutes.


“We want to thank Jeronne for his contributions to the program while he was here and wish him the best of luck in the future,” Williams said in a statement released on the school’s Web site.


Maymon’s departure leaves Marquette (7-3) with nine scholarship players available.


As a high school senior, the 6-foot-6 Maymon averaged 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a game in leading Memorial to a 26-1 season and the WIAA Division 1 state championship. He then picked Marquette over Southern California, with Baylor, Kansas and Tennessee and among his other choices.


There has been speculation that Maymon may wind up at Tenneesee, which is led by former UW-Milwaukee coach Bruce Pearl.


Meanwhile, questions have been raised about what, if any, effect Maymon’s decsion will have on former Memorial teammate and good friend Vander Blue’s plans to attend Marquette. Hovever, Rita Blue told the media Monday night that Maymon’s situation does not involve her son or his commitment to Marquette.


Blue is a senior on a Memorial team that, despite a 79-78 overtime loss to Sun Prairie last weekend, is heavily favored to win the school’s seventh straight Big Eight Conference championship and contend for another state title. He originally gave a verbal commitment to the University Wisconsin, then changed his mind and signed a national letter of intent with Marquette.



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