EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -Northwestern sophomore Kevin Coble said Monday he will take an indefinite leave from the basketball team to be with his mother, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
The 6-foot-8 forward, who led the team in scoring (13.4) and rebounding (5.2) as a freshman, will ``return to the men's basketball program when he feels the time is appropriate,'' the team said in a statement.
Coble will remain enrolled at Northwestern while his mother undergoes treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Coble said.
``During this time, I want to be there with her,'' said Coble, who thanked his teammates, coaches and the faculty for understanding his decision. ``I am looking forward to getting back on the court at the conclusion of my mom's treatments so that I can have my biggest fan back in the stands.''
Wildcats coach Bill Carmody said the team supports Coble's decision to be with his mother ``and we will welcome him back whenever he feels ready to return.''

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