D.J. Haley Exits Basketball Career

<a href="http://www.vcuramnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/8535099879_0aeedf513c_b.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-10671" alt="DH Haley" src="http://www.vcuramnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/8535099879_0aeedf513c_b-200x300.jpg" width="200" height="300" /></a>Junior DJ Haley has announced that he is leaving the VCU men's basketball program to focus on academics. This announcement comes on the eve of the 2013 A10 tournament. He will be greatly missed as a Ram, but he will always be loved by many, and appreciated for his commitment to academics. Press release from VCU below:
<blockquote>RICHMOND, Va. - Junior D.J. Haley has informed the VCU coaching staff that he will no longer be a part of the men's basketball program.

The Palmdale, Calif. native has chosen to focus his attention on his academic interests and step away from basketball.

“We appreciate DJ’s contributions to our program over the past three years,” Head Coach Shaka Smart said. “Unfortunately, he has decided that his heart is no longer invested in basketball. Clearly it takes a significant commitment to compete as a student-athlete at this level and we understand that DJ’s priorities have changed.  We wish DJ nothing but the best for his future.”

Haley played in 102 games for the Black &amp; Gold, including 48 starts. He averaged 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds.</blockquote>
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