ATLANTA - Ra'Sean Dickey, a senior center for Georgia Tech's men's basketball team, has decided to red-shirt the 2007-08 season.
The 6-10, 250-pound Dickey, who has missed the first eight games of the season due to academic ineligibility, also has been forced to miss considerable practice time because of acute tendonitis in his right knee and is not yet able to play.
"Ra'Sean is just not healthy, he's experiencing severe tendonitis in one knee and also has problems in his other knee from a past injury," said head coach Paul Hewitt. "It is in his best interest at this point to get healthy, and he is assured of graduating in the spring of 2009 if he continues on his current schedule academically.
"He has missed several practices in the fall and had to pull out of a practice as early as Sunday because of his knee problems. So we've decided it is in his best interest to red-shirt."
Dickey, from Clio, S.C., has averaged 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in his three seasons at Tech, and has made 60.1 percent of his field goals. He averaged 5.1 points as a freshman, 13.2 as a sophomore, and 8.1 last year.
"I've decided that it's best for me to stay on my present course, concentrate on my academics and do everything I can to get healthy so, hopefully, I can play another season and get my degree," said Dickey, who majors in Management.