Jeremy Hazell’s season gets worse — he was shot on Christmas

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Jeremy Hazell’s awful senior season just took a horrifying turn for the worse.

Hazell broke a bone in his left wrist in an early season game against Alabama, and after surgery to repair the injury, it appears as if Hazell may end up missing the entire season.

Since he is out with the injury, head coach Kevin Willard allowed Hazell to spend Christmas with friends and family back in Harlem. That’s when things got scary:

while at home in Harlem visiting his family for the Christmas holiday, Hazell was shot once in the right armpit during an attempted robbery. According to Seton Hall team spokesman, Matthew Sweeney, Hazell was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and kept overnight for precautions, but was discharged early yesterday morning.

“He’s resting at home comfortably,” Sweeney said.

[Sources] said that the shooting happened near Hazell’s home in Harlem as he, his brother and another individual were on their way home from a nearby party. That’s when the trio was confronted by four individuals who tried to hold them up. Hazell and the two others tried to run away, but one of the four robbers opened fire.

The bullet went through Hazell’s right armpit and hit the ribcage.

Hazell could rejoin the team as early as tomorrow, which means that he will likely be just fine.

The Seton Hall program, on the other hand, has not been.

The 2010 calender year has been a wild ride for the Pirate. Herb Pope’s punches below the belt in last season’s NIT. Robert Mitchell was dismissed from the team after robbing a house full of people at gun point. Bobby Gonzalez had quite an interesting year, getting fired, cursing out the Dean of the University, and getting picked up for shoplifting. And, of course, there was the collapse of Herb Pope, where the Pirate big man was clinically dead for a few minutes.

To make matters worse, Seton Hall lost their second straight game to an A-10 conference foe after leading in the second half today, losing 69-61 to Richmond.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.