Less than a month into his collegiate career, Kendall Crute’s tenure as a Bobcat appears to be at a crossroads.
Crute, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of North Cobb Christian High School in Marietta, Ga., is not currently with the Ohio University men’s basketball team. Crute was not at Monday’s workout in the Convocation Center and is believed to have traveled back to his hometown.
First-year Ohio coach Saul Phillips confirmed Monday that Crute is not currently a part of the Bobcats’ active roster. The freshman guard has not yet asked for a release from his scholarship, and has not been granted one, Phillips said.
There is no timetable to resolve Crute’s absence, one way or the other, Phillips said. The coach would say only that Crute was back in Georgia attending to “personal’ issues.
Crute signed with Ohio last November after being recruited by the staff under former Ohio coach Jim Christian. When Christian left Ohio to take the same job at Boston College, Crute was the only one of four recruits to remain tied to Ohio.
Crute, along with sophomore transfer Jaaron Simmons, and fellow freshmen Mike Laster and Ryan Taylor, arrived on campus the first week of July.
If Crute does not return, Ohio will be left with 11 scholarship players and two open scholarship slots entering the fall semester.
The Bobcats are scheduled to play a series of exhibition games in Canada beginning Aug. 12. The team will have 10 practices, beginning July 28, as a lead-in to the week abroad.