One of just three forwards in Tom Pecora's rotation, Ryan Canty today announced his leave of absence from Fordham program. (Photo courtesy of USA Today)
An already thin Fordham front line got even smaller today, when it was announced that junior forward Ryan Canty will take a leave of absence from the program, citing personal reasons.
In the Rams' three games this season, Canty scored 10 points and added 10 rebounds in limited action off the bench, playing behind Ryan Rhoomes and Travion Leonard, who will now have to pick up an even greater load up front for Fordham while simultaneously staying out of foul trouble for a 2-1 team that returns to action on Saturday, when they welcome Sacred Heart to Rose Hill Gym.
"We want only what is best for Ryan as he addresses these issues," Fordham head coach Tom Pecora said through a release issued earlier tonight by the university. "We will continue to support him in any way we can."
The big man from Massachusetts averaged six points and seven rebounds per game last year in a breakout sophomore campaign that saw him post double-doubles in consecutive games against St. John's and Princeton, as well as an 18-point effort against Manhattan in the Battle of the Bronx. His departure is the latest blow for a Ram team that has already endured the NCAA's declaration of freshman forward Manny Suarez as a partial qualifier, forcing Pecora to play a four-guard lineup with Bryan Smith at the four spot to keep Rhoomes and Leonard; as well as freshman Jake Fay, out of foul trouble.
A Daly Dose Of Hoops will have additional information on this situation as it becomes available.