On Wednesday evening about 75 minutes before Marquette men’s basketball’s game against Xavier, the team announced that redshirt senior forward Ed Morrow would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. It’s for personal reasons, and he will definitely not be playing in Wednesday night’s game.
#mubb Senior forward Ed Morrow is on an indefinite leave of absence from the team for personal reasons and won’t play tonight against Xavier.— Marquette Basketball (@MarquetteMBB) January 15, 2020
Marquette will be down to nine scholarship players, counting former walk-on Tommy Gardiner, for Wednesday night’s game. Given that Greg Elliott was announced as game-to-game before missing Saturday’s game against Seton Hall and that the team did not announce that he’ll be back tonight while announcing Morrow’s absence, I think it’s safe to presume Elliott won’t be in the lineup tonight either.
Up until Wednesday night, Morrow had appeared in every game this season for Marquette, averaging 12 minutes per contest. He has been contributing 3.4 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. However, his turnovers have been a problem for the team this year, with his 24.4% turnover rate coming in second on the team amongst every game rotation players to Koby McEwen.
“Indefinite leave of absence” and “personal reasons” sounds like this could be for potentially serious reasons, so we’ll do two things here. First, we’ll wish Ed Morrow all the best in whatever he might going through at the moment. Second, we’ll point out that if Morrow does not return to the team by the end of the season, his collegiate career has come to an end.