Jeronne Maymon leaving Marquette Basketball [update]December 15, 2009
[UPDATE]: I can drain my bath tub and put my toaster back in the kitchen, Vander Blue is staying with Marquette basketball. Here is the statement from Mrs. Blue
Meanwhile, speculation about whether Maymon’s best friend and former high school teammate, Vander Blue, will honor his decision to play for Williams at Marquette is predictably running rampant.
However, Blue’s mother, Rita, said Monday evening Maymon’s decision to leave Marquette has nothing to do with her son and that Vander will indeed follow through on his decision to play in the Big East for the Golden Eagles.
“The Blue family has no comment on (Maymon’s decision to quit the team),” Rita Blue said. “It has nothing to do with Vander or myself, and it has no direct affect on Vander at all.
“Vander is going to Marquette. End of story.”
After 1 semester playing for the Marquette Golden Eagles, Jeronne Maymon has decided to leave the team.
Jeronne Maymon, Buzz Williams’ first recruit as head coach of the Marquette Golden Eagles, has quit the team.
The 6-foot-6 Maymon, a freshman forward, was averaging 4.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in just over 16 minutes of action this season. He had four points and five rebounds off the bench in 22 minutes in MU’s 72-63 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday.
Maymon arrived at MU with some acclaim, having been named Wisconsin’s state prep player of the year both as a junior and senior at Madison Memorial High School. He and future Golden Eagles signee Vander Blue teamed up to lead the Spartans to the WIAA Division 1 state title last season.
Maymon played in nine of 10 games for the Golden Eagles, missing the North Carolina State game on Dec. 5 due to a hip pointer.
While Maymon had yet to make a big impact for MU, his loss is big just from the standpoint of depth. With center Chris Otule out for the season with a foot injury and guard Junior Cadougan out with an Achilles’ injury, the Golden Eagles are now down to just nine healthy scholarship players — two of whom have only seen sparing action so far this season.
Calls to Maymon were unsuccessful.
Here is Buzz’s statement on the matter:
“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.
That statement from Buzz sounds incredibly final, and a little angry. My heart just sunk so far it hit my left nut. I am so scared to know what is going to happen with 5-star recruit Vander Blue now, since it was suspected that Jeronne Maymon was a big part of Blue switching from the Badgers to MU.
Gut reaction? Grades. I can’t imagine there would be any other reasons on why he would just up and quit a team. Given that it’s around finals, I would suspect that someone in the Athletic department told him his grades were so bad he couldn’t come back.
This means that Eric Williams and Youssoupha Mbao are going to be playing a lot more basketball for MU for the rest of the season.