Buffalo Bulls star forward Justin Moss has been dismissed from the university, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, thus striking a blow to the school’s budding basketball program.
Buffalo star Justin Moss has been dismissed from school, sources told ESPN. Brutal blow to Bulls NCAA chances this year.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 24, 2015
Playing under coach and former Duke Blue Devils star Bobby Hurley, Moss led the team in scoring and rebounding as he posted 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. Buffalo went on to clinch the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title and made its first ever NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed, losing to No. 5 West Virginia in the Round of 64.
But in June, Moss and teammates Raheem Johnson and Mory Diane were caught stealing money from the dorm room of two fellow students. Though no charges were filed, all three players had to appear in front of the Student-Wide Judiciary, the entity responsible for student conduct. Thus, Moss’ dismissal is probably at the hands of such.
There has been no word on the respective status of Johnson and Diane, but it’s safe to say that Buffalo is going to take a major step back next season without its best player let alone the coach that led the team to the big dance, as Hurley accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State and was replaced with assistant Nate Oats. Oddly enough, Oats was Moss, Johnson and Diane’s head coach at Michigan’s Romulus High School.
Just what happens next for Moss remains to be seen, but Campus Sports will update this story as any and all new information becomes available.
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