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Khan, Gricius won't return to Canisius

---Here's the official announcement on the Golden Griffins seven-man recruiting class which also mentions that freshman guard Ashton Khan and junior forward Rokas Gricius won't return to the team. Also not returning is freshman walk-on Eric Kindler although he's not mentioned in the release.

It's been long rumored that Khan wouldn't return. In March, Khan and sophomore David Santiago were suspended indefinitely from Canisius in connection with an on campus theft. Days after the theft, a source told The News that Khan attempted to register an iPod to the campus Internet system which made it traceable. The items were later returned.

Khan played in 15 games as a freshman. In 58 total minutes, he averaged 1.0 points. Santiago, who remains under suspension, sat out last season after transferring from American University in Puerto Rico.

Gricius, who played in 25 career games for the Griffs, will graduate and is currently pursuing his master's degree in sport administration at Canisius.

"Rokas is currently pursuing some opportunities presented to him in the professional work world, and I'm very proud of the effort he gave to this program, both on and off the court,'' Canisius coach Tom Parrotta said in the release. "Ashton and I mutually agreed that he should pursue other options. We're helping him in his search to find a school that will give him an opportunity to continue his education and play a more pivotal role on the court. I wish both of those guys nothing but the best as they move forward."

---Rodney McKissic



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