UMKC dismisses talented senior guard Martez Harrison

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UMKC dismissed talented senior guard Martez Harrison on Monday after the school’s Title IX office concluded an investigation.

Title IX investigations are protected by student privacy laws, so it is unclear what directly led to Harrison’s dismissal, but the team’s second-leading scorer had been suspended indefinitely as he missed the last five games.

“Martez failed to meet the expectations we have for student-athletes in our program,” UMKC coach Kareem Richardson said in a statement. “When those standards aren’t met, there are consequences. His conduct fell far short of what we expect from those who represent our men’s basketball program and university.

“After gathering more facts from Title IX office officials during his suspension, and further discussions with athletics department personnel, the decision was made to permanently remove him from our program.”

The 5-foot-11 Harrison is one of the premier mid-major players in the country as he was averaging 16.5 points and 4.0 assists per game this season. Harrison has been a high-level scorer since the moment he set foot on campus for the Kangaroos as he averaged at least 15.4 points per game in all four seasons. Harrison leaves UMKC with 1,654 career points.