Saturday, November 29, 2014

Jon Severe to take leave of absence from Fordham

Jon Severe becomes second straight Fordham player to take in-season leave of absence. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)

The cloud surrounding Fordham in the wake of a crushing defeat to UMass Lowell this past Sunday appears to have mushroomed into something much bigger than just a shocking loss.

It was announced this morning that sophomore guard Jon Severe, who had been long rumored to be departing the program, would take a leave of absence from the Rams, citing personal reasons as the reasoning behind his sabbatical.

There is no timetable for a possible return for Severe, the 2013 Mr. Basketball in New York, Fordham's second-leading scorer last season. As a sophomore, the Brooklyn native has struggled, scoring just five points in only 39 minutes this year, spread out across three games, with a 17-minute run against UMass Lowell on Sunday being his season high.

"We will continue to support Jon as he addresses some personal issues off the court," Fordham head coach Tom Pecora said in a release issued this morning. "We wish him and his family all the best during this process, and hope that everyone will respect their privacy."

This is the second straight season in which the Rams have had a player leave during the year to tend to personal matters, with Ryan Canty taking a similar break last year, also after just three games.The 6-9 forward returned nearly a month later.

More information on Jon Severe will be posted as it becomes available.

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