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UA basketball: Nick Harney departs team by 'mutual agreement'

By George Thomas Published: June 11, 2014

The University of Akron men’s basketball team has parted ways with a player that they hoped would be a cornerstone when he arrived.

Forward Nick Harney transferred to Division II Fairmont State in West Virginian, according to a Fox Sports Ohio report.

Zips coach Keith Dambrot confirmed the report Wednesday morning via phone call.

“We just thought it was in his best interest to play elsewhere,” Dambrot said.  “It was mutually agreed upon.”

Harney, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds last season, had a rocky stay at with the Zips that included three suspensions, the most recent one being for a violation of team rules in February.

At 6-foot-8, it’s a case of a player with much potential never living up to it.   Harney could be dominant in the post, but played inconsistently.

Look below the surface, however, and perhaps other factors existed.  Three suspensions in three years say plenty Harney’s time at UA. Dambrot rarely wants to give up on any individual.

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