BLOG: UMass' Lou Roe on a "personal leave of absence" from UMass men’s basketball program 

  • UMass assistant coach and former player Lou Roe talks to a group of children during the Derek Kellogg Basketball Camp, Wednesday at the UMass Basketball Champions Center.

Published: 1/12/2017 11:25:41 AM

AMHERST – UMass assistant director of basketball operations Lou Roe has been on a “personal leave of absence” according to coach Derek Kellogg and is currently away from the team.

Kellogg declined to elaborate further other that to say he expects Roe to return this season.

Roe, 44, is in his fourth year on Kellogg’s staff. A standout player during his playing career at UMass when he was a teammate of Kellogg’s, Roe played professionally for 17 seasons in the NBA and overseas. He’s not an assistant coach so NCAA rules limit his ability to work with the Minutemen players on the court. 

His administrative duties have been split among other staff members in his absence.

CLARK STRUGGLES – Junior guard Donte Clark has seen his scoring average drop 1.3 points per game over the last two contests as he’s combined for eight points against VCU and Dayton. Before that he’d had just one time during the 2016-17 season where he scored less than eight points in any single game.

He’s 0-for-4 from the free throw line in that stretch the last two games. But Clark’s overall offensive woes run a little deeper. 

His 3-point shooting has been part of the issue as he’s shot just 6-for-29 (20.7 percent) over the last seven games, well under his career 33.0 percent.

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