David DeJulius opens up about his opt-out, stepping away from Cincinnati basketball – The Athletic

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CINCINNATI – Among the many unexpected developments during the Bearcats men’s basketball season, David DeJulius’ decision to opt out is likely high on this list. The day after a dramatic 70-69 road win over Tulsa, the junior point guard announced that he had “decided to take some time off” to address mental health issues he faced during the pandemic.

At that time, the transfer to Michigan led the Bearcats in starts and minutes played and developed into an offensive port of call and vocal team leader. His decision, however, was a clear reminder of the pressures and challenges this season will be played under due to the COVID-19 restrictions and the impact they can have on young adults and athletes regardless of circumstances or performance.