Cronin's Season & Possibly Career Now Over

Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein announed this afternoon that redshirt freshman season will miss the remainder of the season and more than likely the remainder of his career so he can rehabilitate his injured hip.

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"Above all, our chief concern has always been for Ben's current and future health," Beilein said in a statement. "Following his hip surgery last season, we were hopeful that Ben would be able to return for this season."

"Unfortunately, there have been complications with this particular injury which have prevented him from progressing like we had hoped. Consequently, Ben will not play the rest of this season, and more than likely for the remainder of his career. This is a very difficult decision that has everything to do with the quality of Ben's life after basketball."

"Obviously this was not an easy decision to make, but we agree with our doctor's assessment that Ben's chances for a full recovery and to play a full-time college basketball schedule are slim. He will remain on scholarship and we will continue to support his rehabilitation and pursuits of becoming a teacher and coach."

Added Cronin, "this has been a long process for my family and me, however, after meeting with our doctors I feel it is best for my long term health to focus on my hip rehabilitation and stop playing college basketball. I really appreciated basketball and I will miss it like crazy, but my faith will help me get through this. I continue to have wonderful experiences here at the University of Michigan and I am truly grateful for all the guidance and opportunities given to me. I am looking forward to continuing my rehab, having the opportunity to finish my degree and helping this program in any way that I can."

This likely end to Cronin's career comes after he played in a total of nine games averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds.

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