ORONO – Before even having a chance to step foot on the court in game action for the Maine Black Bears, Duncan Douglas will be leaving the program.
The men’s basketball team announced Douglas had been released from the program at his request Wednesday, as he decides to pursue ventures outside of basketball. Douglas has missed the entire season, and a release from the university noted the pain caused by his rehab had becoming overwhelming.
“I met a lot of amazing people during my time at the University of Maine,” Douglas said in the release. “I would like to thank Coach Walsh and the entire coaching staff for the opportunity I was given.”
Maine had hoped for Douglas to step in and be a crucial part to getting back on track in America East this season after bringing him in from Santa Monica College this offseason. Instead, he will transfer at the end of the semester.
“Duncan has been through a lot physically and he’s in a significant pain every day,” head coach Bob Walsh said. “It’s unfortunate, because we expected him to be an impact player on our team and he was really excited to be a part of our program. This has been a very difficult decision for him, but his physical health is the most important issue here.”