BALTIMORE – Chris De La Rosa has left the UMBC men’s basketball team for personal and family-related matters, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.
De La Rosa earned his bachelor’s degree in summer of 2011 in American studies and was enrolled in graduate level courses this semester. He earned a place on the America East Conference Commissioner’s Winter/Spring Honor Roll in both 2010 and 2011. De La Rosa plans to withdraw from UMBC at the end of the fall semester.
The Washington Heights, N.Y. native transferred to UMBC after one season at Siena (2007-08) and competed for two full seasons (2009-10, 2010-11). In 94 career games, the 5’10” guard averaged 9.7 points and 4.2 assists per game. He was named to the America East Conference Second Team after averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 assists per game in 2010-11.
De La Rosa underwent surgery on his right foot in May of 2011 and dressed for only one game this season, scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists in 33 minutes of action at VMI on Nov. 19.
“Obviously, we were disappointed to learn of Chris’ decision, but understand the personal reasons behind it,” Monroe said. “I felt he was a Player of the Year candidate in our league this year. We will miss him and wish him nothing but the best.”