A couple of hours before WKU tipped off against the Detroit Titans (a game which the Hilltoppers won 79-74, if you cared), news broke that the team had suspended three-point specialist Chris Harrison-Docks indefinitely.
From #WKU: Chris Harrison-Docks has been suspended indefinitely for not meeting expected team standards.— Zach Greenwell (@zach_greenwell) December 22, 2015
Harrison-Docks, who has had minor run-ins with trouble before, is averaging 10.3 points and 2.4 assists per game, and is shooting three's at a career high of 38.1% through 11 games, and hit the first three in the second half in this past Saturday's contest against Louisville to continue the third-longest streak in the country of consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer (which extended to 884 with the Detroit victory).
But even in that Louisville game (where CHD netted just five points and went 1-5 from three), something seemed off. He tallied only 15 minutes, and didn't play the first 10 or so minutes of the second half (oddly enough, playing in nearly none of the Tops run to open the back 20 minutes that brought WKU within seven points of the Cards). I wondered if he might be in the dog-house for some reason, but someone made the point that his shot looked off and Harper just wanted to roll with the hot hands.
@FletchTopper Did you see him shoot in the first half? He never hit the rim. Not his day.— Drew Bennett (@dotbennett) December 19, 2015
That might have been true. But, with the news breaking Tuesday, it seems my initial suspicion could have been in play as well.
Ray Harper, naturally, was asked about CHD in his post-Detroit game presser, and had the following to say:
Ray Harper said decision to suspend Chris Harrison-Docks was made Sunday. Told him to go home early for Christmas.— Brad Stephens (@Stephens_Brad) December 23, 2015
Harper said Harrison-Docks will return "when I and our staff feel like he's totally bought into what we're doing."— Brad Stephens (@Stephens_Brad) December 23, 2015
Harper: "We're constantly preaching about being selfless and not selfish. He's a great kid. He's just got to figure some things out."— Brad Stephens (@Stephens_Brad) December 23, 2015
Maybe I'm falling for the "coach speak," here, but the way Harper phrased that makes it seem like nothing too harsh happened with CHD, but then again, maybe I'm just a sucker for the phrase "he's a great kid." Once again, the suspension is indefinite, but if CHD does "figure some things out," I don't believe it's out of the realm of possibility he's back with the team by the next game, which comes on Dec. 28th against Brescia (Ky.).