Following a coaching change from Tom Parrotta to Jim Baron, Canisius point guard Gaby Belardo announced today he will not be retuning to the program.
Freshman Franklin Milian and sophomore David Santiago will also leave the team, Canisius announced.
Belardo — who played one year at South Florida, transferred to Canisius, redshirted and then played two years for the Griffs — has one year of eligibility remaining. He already earned his undergraduate degree and will make use of an NCAA rule to allows students to transfer without having to sit out if they already have a degree.
A source told The Griffin Thursday that Belardo was visiting staff at the Koessler Athletic Center to say goodbye.
Belardo was the most vocal player on Twitter after Parrotta was fired in early March. He rhetorically asked what Canisius would do after several players left the school, before later deleting the tweet. He was unusually cheery at Jim Baron’s press conference, perhaps knowing he was answering questions about a coach he wouldn’t be playing for.
Belardo suffered two herniated disks early this year that severely limited his playing time and effectiveness. When he checked out of a game, he would go straight to the exercise bike to avoid tightening up. Judging by his tweets, the injury seems to still be bothering him. He averaged 11.1 ppg through 56 career contests with the Griffs.
Milian was a bench player who saw action this season when Canisius struggled with injuries. He averaged 2.6 ppg in 27 games.
Santiago was also a bench player, scoring 1.3 ppg over 23 games his year.