Forward leaves team for personal reasons

Updated: October 25, 2004, 11:54 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State's men's basketball team has lost a promising freshman player, who left the team for personal reasons, interim coach Tony Stubblefield said Monday.

Delbert Simpson, a 6-8 forward from Tyler, Texas, was expected to help the Aggies' post play this season, Stubblefield said in a news release.

NMSU spokesman Sean Johnson said Monday he could not give further details of why Simpson left the team.

Johnson said he did not know Simpson's plans.

Last November, when the Aggies signed Simpson to play for the 2004-05 season, coach Lou Henson said the freshman would provide added mobility and scoring for the team.

Simpson was a first team all-state player his senior year at John Tyler High School.


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