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LSU center Elbert Robinson III (3) is leaving the Tigers' program because of medical reasons, coach Will Wade announced Monday.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

LSU senior center Elbert Robinson is leaving the team because of medical reasons, Tigers coach Will Wade announced Monday afternoon.

Wade said Robinson is stepping away from competitive basketball but will remain in school at LSU. He is on pace to graduate in 2018.

A 7-foot-1, 300-pounder from Garland, Texas, Robinson has been plagued by leg problems since joining the LSU program in the fall of 2014.

For his career, Robinson played in just 56 games with 12 starts and averaged 7.5 minutes per game. He averaged 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds a game.

His best season came as a sophomore when he had seven starts in 23 games.

That year, Robinson averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds a game while producing career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (seven).

“Elbert has worked extremely hard in our offseason program since our arrival,” Wade said. “The LSU athletic department and our basketball program will continue to support Elbert to make sure that we help him reach his ultimate goal of graduating next year with a degree from LSU.”

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