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Xavier freshman Jared Ridder leaves the program

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The versatile forward is lonesome for his old friends and moving back home.

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Coach Mack is probably disappointed but understanding.
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So there’s this:

And this:

Word is Ridder wanted to be closer to his home in Missouri, prompting his decision to leave the program. It’s worth noting that Xavier isn’t any farther away form Missouri when it was when Ridder committed. Ridder probably didn’t figure to be the lynch pin of the program this year, but he was likely going to be able to get some chances to get onto the floor. His departure won’t cripple the season, but it is still kind of a kidney shot with game time just a couple of months out.