One of the best sophomore guards in college basketball has been dismissed from his program for a violation of athletic department policy.
Richmond announced today that second-year guard De'Monte Buckingham has been kicked out of the program. He was a two-year starter and had two seasons of eligibility remaining.
It's unclear at this point what he did to deserve the dismissal. All we know is that he violated some kind of athletic department policy.
Richmond's head coach released the following statement:
“I want to thank De’Monte for his contributions to our program over the last two years,” coach Chris Mooney said. “We wish him well in the future.”
Buckingham reportedly declined to comment on his dismissal.
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 12.2 points and 7 rebounds a game for Richmond. He shot 32 percent from the 3-point line.
Buckingham was suspended for one game during the regular season. It's unclear if that played into today's dismissal.
Richmond went 12-20 last season. They were fifth in the conference.