March 5, 2012
Senior center Assane Sene of the Virginia men’s basketball team will not play for the Cavaliers again this season, UVa head coach Tony Bennett announced on Monday.
“Assane remains a member of our team, but even if he is physically able he will not play in games again this season because of a violation of team rules,” Bennett said. “As I have said previously, we have expectations for the players in our program.
“Assane has made many significant contributions to our team and I appreciate those contributions. He will remain a part of our team as long as he meets the expectations we’ve established from this point on.”
Sene suffered a fracture in his right ankle in the first half of a game at Georgia Tech on Jan. 19. He underwent surgery on the ankle on Jan. 20.
Sene started each of the Cavaliers’ 17 games prior to his injury this season. He averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds a game, while shooting 50.8 percent (30-59) from the field and 68.6 percent (24-35) from the free-throw line. Sene also blocked 15 shots and averaged 20.9 minutes of playing time a game.
He played in 95 games, starting 65 during his Virginia career. He averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game and made 46.0 percent (128-278) of his field goal attempts.
He is tied for sixth on UVa’s career blocked shots list with 108.