Cain quits basketball at Colorado to focus on academics

By Michael Aronson

Last year’s boys’ basketball senior leader Damiene Cain ’11 has chosen to focus on academics rather than basketball at the University of Colorado in his first year at the school according to the University’s sports information department.

The 6-foot-7 freshman at Colorado averaged 14.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game last season leading the Wolverines to their second Division III CIF title in three years.

“On a personal note, I feel it’s best for me to pursue a college degree without the restrictions and demands that come with being a student-athlete,” Cain said in a released statement to the school. “I wish to thank all the people at the University of Colorado and my family for their support in this decision.”

Head of the boys’ basketball program at Harvard-Westlake Greg Hilliard coached Cain in his four years on the team and supports his decision.

“I love [Cain], support his decision and wish him nothing but the best,” Hilliard said. “His contribution to the Harvard-Westlake basketball program, on and off the court, was extraordinary. My wish for him is that he studies hard, enjoys the college experience and gets on with life after basketball.”

Colorado’s coach Tad Boyle addressed the loss of a promising freshman forward recruit to the Buffalo lineup. The team has now lost their top four scorers heading into the upcoming season.

“The health, happiness and well-being of our players is always a paramount concern,” Boyle said in a released statement. “Damiene Cain is a terrific young man, and we support him in his decision.”