Musketeers coach Chris Mack announced Friday evening he has indefinitely suspended top big man Kenny Frease for "not fulfilling all the responsibilities of a Xavier Basketball player." The 7-foot senior is a preseason second-team all-Atlantic 10 selection and the lone true center on Xavier's roster.
"Kenny has not handled his daily responsibilities on and off the playing floor that we expect from every one of our players here at Xavier," Mack said in a statement. "Until Kenny proves to me that he wants to be a part of our team by handling those responsibilities, he will not be a part of our program. I am hopeful that Kenny will work his way back to being a part of this team at some point."
It's unclear exactly what Frease did to warrant the suspension, but how he responds will be crucial for a Xavier team that cannot afford to be without him in the preseason because of its daunting non-league schedule.
If Frease receives whatever message Mack is attempting to send him and responds well, he could conceivably get reinstated in November and this could be a distant memory by Christmas. If he doesn't improve his behavior in the way Mack wants, Xavier could have to shift 6-foot-9 forward Jeff Robinson to center and go small with either 6-foot-7 Andre Walker or Travis Taylor at power forward.
The good news for Xavier is that Frease had pledged to regain his place on the team within minutes of the announcement of his suspension.
"I'm sorry to all my fans and all of Xavier nation," he tweeted. "I will do everything I can to make this right."