“I have spoken with Cezar and his brother, J.C., and understand the difficult time their family is going through,” Ford said. “We wish Cezar nothing but the best and pray for a speedy recovery for his mother, Martha.
“Cezar has been a valuable member of this team, and we appreciate all the contributions that he has made to the program. We will certainly help him in any way possible to locate a school near his home that will give him an opportunity to continue his education while also pursuing his playing career.”
The Cowboys have depth at the guard position, with returning starters Markel Brown, Brian Williams and Le'Bryan Nash, former starter Jéan-Paul Olukemi and newcomers Marcus Smart and Phil Forte all expected to warrant playing time. Kirby Gardner, a late signee out of San Bernardino Valley College, has not yet been cleared to play, but could see significant minutes if joins the roster.
Smart, Brown and Forte figure to command the minutes at the point.