BALLARAT Basketball has cut American import Kodi Augustus from the Miners' program.
Augustus is already en route home to the United States this morning, a day after returning with the team from the GMHBA MIners' Tasmanian double road-trip in the South East Australian Basketball League.
Ballarat Basketball elite men's teams chairman Nick Grylewicz announced the club's decision on Monday morning.
Grylewicz, in a statement released to the media, thanked Augustus for his service to the club this season but the committee felt that the American was not the right fit for the Miners' program and the extensive, active community engagement the Miners demand of their players.
Augustus was informed of the club's final decision on Sunday. Miners players were briefed on Sunday night.
The club has actively started sourcing a replacement player since mid-last week and The Courier understands the club already has made an offer to a preferred candidate, which it hopes to finalise and announce later this week.
Miners coach Eric Hayes was disappointed at having to make a change to the team mid-season but felt that the change was necessary to ensure that the team maintained its tradition of presenting not only talented players but committed community role models to mentor and inspire Ballarat juniors.
SEABL competition takes a week's break for the long weekend. The Miners return to action against Bendigo, in Bendigo, on June 13.