ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University basketball freshman Carte’Are Gordon is no longer with the program.

It all started Wednesday morning with a tweet from the St. Louis native,

‘Thank you st.louis 👋🏿 you were amazing.’ Which led many people to believe he was leaving the program.

Thursday morning, he shared in a tweet, ‘Due to personal issues with my family and focusing on what’s best for me and furthering my career, I have decided to ask for my release from the St. louis men’s basketball program. This was a tough decision for me but is one that I have to make to reach my goal and become the player I’m going to be.’

Thursday afternoon, Saint Louis University confirmed Gordon has been granted a release from his scholarship and is no longer a member of the basketball team.

"Carte'Are requested and was granted his release," SLU head coach Travis Ford said. "We appreciate his time at SLU. We support his decision and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Gordon appeared in 13 games for the Billikens and averaged 8.9 ppg.

Power-forward Gordon committed to SLU in 2016. He chose SLU over Kansas and Missouri. The Webster Groves graduate ranked as a four-star prospect and No. 75 in the ESPN Top 100 rankings. He helped Webster Groves to the state championship in his last two seasons.

The Billikens play Rhode Island on Jan. 6 at Chaifetz.