Devin Cannady, facing legal problems, decides to leave Princeton and declare for the NBA draft

Devin Cannady, the Princeton basketball captain who is facing legal problems resulting from a well-publicized incident in an off campus convenience store, has opted to take a leave of absence from the university and declare for the NBA draft.

He made this announcement tonight on Instagram:

“The past few weeks have been extremely difficult for me and my family and as a result I will be taking a leave of absence from school to be with them. I want to thank our Athletic Director, the Athletic Department and the Coaching Staff for their continued support throughout this tough time.

“This decision means that I have played my last game as a Princeton Tiger. While this is what’s best for me and my family, it saddens me to know that I will no longer suit up next to my brothers in pursuit of an Ivy League Title.

“Ultimately, this decision has been exactly what I’ve needed and being home with my family has given me peace. In the near future, I will finish my last semester and graduate from Princeton University.

“In the meantime, given that I no longer have collegiate eligibility, I will be signing an agent and declaring for the NBA Draft.”

It’s probably unrelated, but about the time this development was making the rounds, the Princeton team was in Hanover, N.H., where it narrowly escaped with a 77-76 win over underdog Dartmouth.

More to come

This story, unfortunately, may just be beginning. Cannady is scheduled to appear in the Princeton Municipal Court on Monday (March 4) to answer a reduced charge of simple assault and three other misdemeanors. He was originally accused of aggravated assault, a felony.

In the past several weeks has followed this matter very closely and we have published articles to keep up with developments. For those interested, follow this link to see all of our previous reports.

Not the first Ivy hoop captain to run afoul

Cannady is the second captain of an Ivy League basketball team in the last three years who will not be completing the season and remain in college. In 2016 the captain at Yale, Jack Montague, was expelled from that university for alleged sexual misconduct, which gave rise to a lawsuit that is pending in a Connectcut Federal Court.

Ironically, Cannady’s first game back after an initial suspension of three games was against, you guessed it, Yale. He then played three more games before he left the team again- this time as it turns out, never to return.

He was the leading scorer of the Tigers, with an average of 18.2 ppg. He is fifth on the Princeton all-time scoring list with 1,515. There it will remain.

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