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Mt. St. Mary's announced today that Jean Cajou has withdrawn from school and taken a leave of absence from school and will not participate with the basketball team during the fall semester. With Cajou's departure, the Mount will be without four of its five starters from last year's team when it opens the season next month in Ohio versus Dayton under first year head coach Robert Burke.
Robert Burke said in a statement released on Mountathletics.com that, "As Jean's coaches, teammates and friends we miss him very much. We are extremely hopeful he will return to school and the court for the second semester."
Sources told the FanBlog in early September that Cajou had left the Emmitsburg campus, but it was uncertain until the announcement today what Cajou's status for the season would be.
This was to be Cajou's fifth season on campus after graduating from Paul XI. After sitting out his freshman year on campus, he was the NEC Tournament MVP during the Mount's run to the NCAA tournament during his freshman season on the court. The NCAA generally has a five years to play four which would likely keep Cajou from redshirting this season even though he was not part of the Mount program during his first year on campus.
Either way, he was expected to play a huge role on this year's team. He was the team's best defender and with the departure of point guard Jeremy Goode, it was expected that his ballhandling duties were to be increased. He was also a captain as a junior and certainly thought of as a leader of this group.
He will be missed and we wish him the best.