Nevada’s A.J. West ends college career citing ‘personal reasons’

Nevada’s AJ West was one of the better-kept secrets in college basketball last season. He averaged a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double per game on top of nearly three blocks. He led the entire country in offensive rebounding by just about every metric, and was just a force to deal with inside.

However, his career is now over.

West has decided to end his collegiate career due to “personal reasons,” according to a statement he sent to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

“I am writing this letter to inform that I am stepping away from the team because of personal reasons and I do not want to be a distraction to the team,” West said in a statement to the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It has been a pleasure playing for the University of Nevada. I will continue to focus my energy on my personal matters and toward obtaining my degree.”

West’s play had not been as strong this season as it was last time around. He was only averaging 9.6 points and 7.7 rebounds, plus he had been removed from the starting lineup in each of the last two games by new coach Eric Musselman.

Previous coach David Carter had called West a “complicated” kid to coach in the past. Hopefully, West can sort out whatever personal issues that he’s having. He was never really an NBA-level prospect, but he is certainly the kind of player who could make a living playing basketball overseas if he so chooses. It’ll be interesting to see if he takes that path and if he can get through these personal distractions.

AJ West has left the Nevada basketball team. (USATSI)
AJ West has left the Nevada basketball team. (USATSI)

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