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NU's leading scorer to be with mother during illness

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern sophomore Kevin Coble said
Monday he will take an indefinite leave from the basketball team to
be with his mother, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who led the team in scoring (13.4) and
rebounding (5.2) as a freshman, will "return to the men's
basketball program when he feels the time is appropriate," the
team said in a statement.

Coble will remain enrolled at Northwestern while his mother
undergoes treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Coble said.

"During this time, I want to be there with her," said Coble,
who thanked his teammates, coaches and the faculty for
understanding his decision. "I am looking forward to getting back
on the court at the conclusion of my mom's treatments so that I can
have my biggest fan back in the stands."

Wildcats coach Bill Carmody said the team supports Coble's
decision to be with his mother "and we will welcome him back
whenever he feels ready to return."