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Mat Piotrowski leaves BU program

Redshirt freshman center Mat Piotrowski has left the Boston University men’s basketball program, team official Scott Ellis confirmed to The Daily Free Press.

The departure was first reported by the website One-Bid Wonders.

Piotrowski, a 7-foot-1 center from Port Republic, N.J., averaged just 0.3 points and 0.5 rebounds in two minutes per game in the 2011-12 season. He was recruited and signed by former BU head coach Patrick Chambers.

While BU head coach Joe Jones did not comment on Piotrowski’s future plans, noting that it’s a decision that’s “kind of personal” for his former center, he noted that playing time and style of play are things that are important for any player, just as they were for Piotrowski.

“For him, style of play, all of those things are going to be very important for him and every kid deserves to have a career where they’re getting an opportunity to get on the floor,” Jones said. “Every kid wants to do that. He’s making a decision that’s best for himself to have that chance to go to a place that has a style of play that more fits his skill set and his abilities.”

Jones said that he and Piotrowski had talked throughout the season about what Piotrowski wanted to get out of his career and Jones said that he supports his departing player’s decision and hopes for the best for him going forward.

“He and I had a very good relationship, a very open and honest relationship, and we had been talking throughout,” Jones said. “I wish him the best. I want to see him have a great career.”

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