Bradley Braves leading scorer and senior guard Warren Jones has been dismissed from the program, leaving the team with just two eligible upperclassmen for next season.
Dave Reynolds of the Journal Star reported Jones’ dismissal, which was announced in a statement by new head coach Brian Wardle.
“I tell our student-athletes that where much is given, much is expected,” Wardle said in the statement. “Being a student-athlete at Bradley University is a privilege. In the classroom, community and on the floor, we have high expectations and standards in this program.
“When someone does not live up to them on a daily basis, changes need to be made. We are here to assist Warren if he would like to pursue other opportunities to continue his basketball career.”
Wardle did not specify why Jones was dismissed, but the general consensus is that it was due to a violation of team rules. Jones also couldn’t seem to keep out of trouble last season, having been caught using a fake ID and drinking at a local strip club in January. That earned him a four-game suspension from then-coach Geno Ford. Jones also missed time with an injury, but did appear in 21 games and led the team with 11.9 points per game, though he shot just 34 percent from the field.
His departure makes him the ninth Braves player from last year with eligibility remaining to leave the program, and the team’s roster now consists of the following: eight freshman, a sophomore, two seniors and a junior who must sit out the 2015-16 season as a transfer.
Needless to say, with no NCAA Tournament berths since making the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, it’s going to be even more of an uphill battle for Bradley this season.
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