December 12, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sophomore center Karim Shabazz has
left the Seminole basketball team, FSU head coach Steve Robinson announced
on Saturday, due to family problems at home.
“Karim felt that he needed to be closer to home to help tend to his
mother, who has some serious medical issues,” said Robinson. “Being her
oldest son he felt that he needed to be the provider in her daily life as
well as be there for his younger brother. It is a very serious problem
that he has had to deal with on a daily basis. It has affected his level
of concentration on the court and in the classroom.”
Shabazz started all five games for the 3-2 Seminoles this season.
He was averaging 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in 31.0
minutes per game. The Queens, NY native led the team in rebounding and
blocked shots and ranked sixth and third in the ACC in those categories,
respectively. Shabazz appeared in 37 games in his Florida State career and
averaged 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots.
“This news has stunned all of us,” Robinson added. “It is a
tremendous blow to our team and program, but mostly I feel bad for Karim.
I hope it all works out for him. Our team will become even closer and it
won’t change our goals. We are committed to operating a program built on
young men with character and we will continue to search out and find those
young men who want to be a part of Florida State University.”