EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) – Freshman forward Joey St. Pierre announced on Saturday that he is leaving the UTEP basketball team for personal reasons.
“The last year has been challenging for me for a number of reasons,” he said. “I want to make it clear that my decision is not based in any way on being unhappy at UTEP. Coach Floyd has been extremely supportive during this process, and I appreciate his sympathy and understanding. I just feel like I need to be with my family in Illinois right now. I plan to explore all options for the future, including outside of college basketball.”
“Joey is a wonderful young man and we’ve enjoyed our time with him,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. “We wish him the best.”
A native of Spring Grove, Ill., the 6-10, 280-pound St. Pierre averaged 13.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a senior at Richmond-Burton High School.
St. Pierre overcame a long medical history before joining UTEP. Here it a story CBS4 Sports posted on June 22:
It's been a long off-season for UTEP freshman Joey St. Pierre. He could not finish the last half of his senior year in high school due to kidney surgery. "I've gained some weight, but I expect to drop about 20 lbs by the time the season starts," St. Pierre told CBS4 sports.
St. Pierre played his high school ball in Illinois where he averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game before he underwent surgery. He is listed now at 6 '10, 280 lbs. St. Pierre says he's made a full recovery and is looking forward to the start of the season.