Damiene Cain of CU is bottled in by Toney Wroten, left, and Darnell Gant, both of Washington during the first half of the January 5, 2012 game in Boulder.
Damiene Cain of CU is bottled in by Toney Wroten, left, and Darnell Gant, both of Washington during the first half of the January 5, 2012 game in Boulder. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Colorado freshman Damiene Cain will not be a part of the Tad Boyle's program during the spring semester.

Boyle told the Camera after Wednesday's practice that Cain, a physically gifted 6-7 forward, will not play for the Buffs the rest of the season due to personal reasons.

CU's second-year head coach isn't sure whether or not Cain will rejoin the program in the future or if he will remain enrolled at the university.

Cain appeared in seven games for the Buffs this season, averaging 1.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 7.4 minutes. The highly touted recruit from North Hollywood, Calif., missed three games in December after suffering a concussion in practice.

In September, after several meetings with Boyle, Cain decided not to play for the Buffs, but he remained enrolled at CU. The 19-year-old released the following statement at the time.

"After careful consideration, I have decided not to play basketball on the collegiate level," Cain said. "On a personal note, I feel it's best for me to pursue a college degree without the restrictions and demands that come with being a student-athlete. I wish to thank all the people at University of Colorado and my family for their support in this decision."

Just before the season tipped off, Cain met with Boyle again and asked to be reinstated to the team. The coaching staff allowed him to return as a non-scholarship player.


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Cain made his debut against Fresno State on Dec. 7 and scored a season-high four points against Wyoming on Dec. 9.

Cain averaged 14.4 points and 10.9 rebounds as a senior at Harvard Westlake (Calif.) High School. He was one of seven players in the Los Angeles area to earn a John R. Wooden high school player of the year award.

Rivals.com ranked Cain as one of the top 150 prospects for the 2011 recruiting class.

The Buffs will continue on without the promising young post player on Thursday night against Arizona State at the Coors Events Center.