If there was a potential hope for Delaware next season, it was supposed to be Jarvis Threatt. The junior, who this season averaged 18 points and 5.4 assists per game, was supposed to lead what was to be a young team through a transition year.
But that hope is gone, and with it, a lot of Delaware's slim hopes at defending its CAA title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Threatt was dismissed from the Delaware basketball team on Tuesday, according to a press release from the school. He is no longer a student at Delaware.
The announcement should almost not come as a shock as Threatt has been no stranger to discipline from the team.
He missed a game against Northeastern after what was later said to be his having missed a class. Threatt was then suspended for eight games for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Now, he has gotten his third strike, which should make any team think twice about giving him a final shot at the court, no matter how game changing he can be.
And that is the sad part in all of this. Threatt obviously had a ton of talent, and the ability to take a game over and win it from the point. He made a major difference in Delaware's ability to get to the NCAA Tournament this season, and that was despite his absences.
But he has forsaken that gift for something that we may never know.
Monte Ross' team is now without its four leading scorers heading into next season. It will be without a returning point guard, and could likely turn to an incoming freshman, which brings with it its own set of issues.
The future is bright for Delaware a couple of seasons down the road. But the next mile of that journey is going to be pretty rocky with this latest development.