Monday, September 26, 2011
Jordan Dumars quits Michigan program
By Michael Rothstein WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jordan Dumars, the son of former NBA All-Star Joe Dumars, has left the Michigan basketball program.
Dumars, a walk-on with the Wolverines, joined the team after transferring from South Florida midway through the 2009-10 season. After sitting out a year, he became eligible before the second semester last year.
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In a statement released by Michigan on Monday, Dumars and the school cited nagging knee issues as a reason for the withdrawal.
"Battling injuries the last two years has been very difficult on me," Dumars said in the statement. "I love Michigan, I love the team, and I love basketball, however I had to make this decision to move on.
"I am thankful for the opportunity that was given to me and appreciate all the help I have received. I will always be a Wolverine."
Dumars never played a game for Michigan and wasn't expected to play much this season with seniors Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, juniors Matt Vogrich and Eso Akunne, sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshmen Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge likely ahead of him on the depth chart.
He saw minimal time at South Florida before transferring. Dumars played in six games for the Bulls, including a career-high six points against Kent State on Nov. 25, 2009.
"Jordan has worked very hard the last two years to get back to the court," Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement Monday. "However, these injuries have not allowed him to play basketball at a level he expects. This has not been easy for him, and I know he has thought long and hard about this decision.
"We will miss Jordan. He is a wonderful young man with a very bright future."
Dumars is the second player in three seasons to have his career end due to injuries, joining former Michigan center Ben Cronin, who ended his career due to a hip injury and is now a student assistant.
Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan sports for WolverineNation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mikerothstein.