Tuesday , Feb , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cincy’s Whaley leaves team

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – University of Cincinnati center Robert
Whaley’s first season with the Bearcats appears to be over after he left the
team Monday.

Whaley, one of the top junior college players last year, had a turbulent year
with Cincinnati. He came in with high hopes and large expectations, but has
failed to live up to the billing. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 6.2 points and
2.7 rebounds in 20 games this season, spending most of the campaign in coach
Bob Huggins’ doghouse.

“I just need a break right now,” Whaley explained. “I need to get my head
cleared and think about some things,” he said. “I wish the team the best and
hope they have a great season.”

The former Barton County Community College star missed one game due to some
torn cartilage in his knee back in December. He has apparently struggled to
recover.

Cincinnati, No. 15 in the current Associated Press poll, is coming off an
overtime win over Louisville on Saturday, a game where Whaley played just 10
minutes and did not score.

CINCINNATI