James Madison University head men’s basketball coach Matt Brady announced that he has dismissed junior guard Andre Nation (Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian School) from the program, effective immediately.
“We appreciate Andre’s efforts with our program over the past three years,” Brady said. “Working with Andre this year, it has become apparent that he no longer fits within our program and the vision we have for the future. I care about Andre and his well-being and wish him all the best in the future.”
Nation, who ranked fourth on the team in scoring at nine points per game, had spent the first three seasons of his career at JMU, where he flashed a great deal of talent as a 6-foot-5-inch guard, but was also equally adept at finding his way into trouble. Nation had averaged 9.3 points per game as a freshman and 15.4 points per game last year, but had seen each of those campaigns marred by suspensions. Nation was suspended for the first 15 games of his sophomore season for what was termed a “violation of athletic department policy,” and also suspended for the first five games of this season for a “violation of team rules.”
While no official explanation was given for Nation’s suspension earlier this season, The Virginia online court system shows Nation was cited for disorderly conduct, public swearing/intoxication and misdemeanor assault in October.
“I’m looking forward to the remainder of the season with my team,” Brady continued. “As such, I will not comment further on Andre.” Nation will remain on scholarship through the spring semester.
The Dukes return to the court Thursday night in Philadelphia, Pa., when they travel to Drexel. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet and the Comcast Network and can also be heard on MadiZONE HD SportsNet, presented by the JMU Alumni Association, and on the local airwaves at WSVA AM 550 and 92.1 FM.