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St. Louis U. v  Dayton

St. Louis University head coach Travis Ford (right) watches from the bench during the Jan. 27 game against Dayton at Chaifetz Arena. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

Junior forward Luis Santos has withdrawn from St. Louis University after he was suspended indefinitely from the basketball team Tuesday for an unspecified violation of team policy.

Santos, who is 6-feet-8 and 250 pounds, transferred to SLU in April 2017 from South Florida and sat out last season with the expectation of playing a major role for the upcoming season.

There was no indication of what led to Santos' suspension three days before the Billikens hold their first practice Friday. The men's and women's teams will be unveiled in a public event Friday night at Chaifetz Arena starting at 9.

Santos played 45 games at South Florida. He averaged 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds and shot 55 percent as a sophomore. He was a four-star recruit out of high school. He was described by some as being the most athletic player on the SLU roster as well as boasting size and power.

Santos indicated something was amiss on Tuesday morning when he wrote on Twitter: "Everything happen for a reason."

His departure likely assures that 6-9 freshman forward Carte'Are Gordon (Webster Groves High) will become a starter on what had been considered a deep frontline. SLU now has Gordon, 6-7 Hasahn French and 6-8 D.J. Foreman as its most experienced inside assets along with 6-6 small forward Javon Bess, who averaged 7.4 rebounds last season.

The loss leaves SLU with 12 scholarship players for the 2018-19 season and will open another spot on the 2019-20 roster that would not have existed.

Santos is the fourth SLU player and third transfer to leave the program in the last six months after committing violations. Three of those players were penalized last season after a Title IX investigation and eventually transferred.