Loyola men’s basketball player Dylan Boehm has left the program after two seasons, Boehm confirmed to The Phoenix Thursday morning.
Boehm, a walk-on forward, said it was one of the hardest decisions he’s had to make, but ultimately thought he made the right move.
“At the end of the day, my success in the future isn’t going to come from playing basketball and I knew that,” Boehm said.
In his first year on the team in 2017-18, he played in five games and tallied 0.4 assists. Last season, he played in three games before sitting out the rest of the year with a knee injury.
“It’s a crazy time commitment and you can’t really focus on other passions,” Boehm said. “So, I decided to step away and focus on my majors, getting into graduate school, internships and something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child, go abroad.”
Although Boehm left the team, he is still a student at Loyola.
He was an integral part of the scout team — the team that runs the opponent’s plays in order to prepare the starters for the game. He was also noted as one of the biggest hype men on the bench, head coach Porter Moser told The Phoenix in January.
Boehm said there was nothing negative about his departure and everyone on the team was supportive in him making the best decision for himself.
“I love all those guys, and the coaches,” Boehm said. “They are amazing people and coach [Porter Moser] was insistent on telling me that I could still have a role however big or small.”
With the loss of Boehm, Loyola only returns nine out of a 15 person roster. One of those nine, Cooper Kaifes, is out for the year due to a torn labrum.