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Niagara parts ways with Reid

Dominique Reid’s Niagara University basketball career is over.

Niagara announced Friday that it has cut ties with the star forward, who is facing three felony charges related to financial dealings.

Said Niagara Athletics Director Simon Gray in a statement: “Dominique Reid will not be attending Niagara University during the 2015-16 academic year. Consistent with our commitment to student privacy obligations, the university will have no further comment on the matter.”

Reid was arrested in mid-April by Niagara County Sheriff’s Department investigators on charges of second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies. He made fraudulent use of banking information to pay personal bills, police said.

Reid previously was arrested in mid-December on the Sheriff’s Department on a felony charge of fourth-degree grand larceny. That was a result of a fraud complaint made by First Niagara Bank. According to police, Reid had filed fraud complaints on his account and had been reimbursed by the bank for more than $1,000. The bank determined that Reid’s complaints proved to be false, upon further investigation.

Reid, a 6-foot-8 forward from New Jersey, played the entire season for Niagara and made the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference all-rookie team. He was the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 9.8 points, along with 5.9 rebounds a game.

While it’s no surprise Niagara will be without Reid, he represents a huge loss on the court. The Purple Eagles, 8-22 last season, were hoping Reid would be a cornerstone player for the next three seasons. Niagara lost seven players to transfer, including its second- and fourth-leading scorers. Coach Chris Casey has added eight recruits.

Without Reid, Niagara will be very young on the front line. Niagara signed a 6-7 junior college recruit, Maurice Taylor Jr., along with two freshmen, 6-8 Dominic Robb from Pittsburgh and 6-7 Marvin Prochet from Brooklyn. Also joining the team is 6-9 Alioune Tew, who is coming off a knee injury,

Reid had trouble with the law before coming to Niagara, as well. He was arrested in Mantua Township, N.J., in August 2013 on a charge of robbery and aggravated assault in the theft of an individual’s backpack outside a shopping center.

Niagara announced in May that Reid was being prevented from participating in team activities.

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