Alabama senior guard Christophe Varidel’s roller coaster ride of a collegiate basketball career has come to a disappointing conclusion, after being ruled out for the 2014-15 season.
Pre-existing injuries are reportedly the cause for the ruling, and head coach Anthony Grant released a statement saying, “Since arriving on campus last May, Christophe has battled pre-existing injuries that have prevented him from participating in any individual workouts or team related activities. After several months of seeking medical assistance from multiple physicians and being unable to reach a solution to his issues. Christophe and I both feel it is in the best interest of his long-term health and well being for him to step away from basketball at this time. This will allow him to focus on getting healthy while continuing to pursue his master’s degree from Alabama.”
Varidel began his career at Florida Gulf Coast before spending last season at Division II’s Chaminade. In just five games played, Varidel averaged 21.2 points and 4.6 assists per game. The loss of Varidel is a major blow to the depth of the Crimson Tide’s roster, especially within the backcourt.
Varidel discussed the end of his career, stating, “I am disappointed to end my college career this way, but I have to accept the situation. I would have loved to challenge myself at such a high-level of basketball and help the team reach its goals. I would like to thank coach Grant and the rest of the coaching staff for the opportunity and apologize to all the fans for not being able to play this year.”
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