Sophomore Peter Swiatek and classmate Peter Boehm have left the men’s basketball team for this season.
A 6’7, 240 lb center from Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Okla., Swiatek said that a surgery in March did not successfully treat a patellar injury in his right knee, and that a second surgery would be required—leaving him unable to play this year.
A meeting with Harvard coach Tommy Amaker in May will be held to “reevaluate” his situation for next season, he said.
Swiatek appeared in 12 games as a freshman for the Crimson, making six out of the 11 field goals that he attempted.
“[I’m] just taking some time off,” said Boehm, a 6’6, 200 lb forward out of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
He appeared in all 28 games and made 11 starts last year, averaging 24 minutes per contest.
Due to multiple frontcourt injuries, Boehm was often forced to play at the power forward spot, despite being undersized for the position.
Recruited for his shooting ability, Boehm averaged six points and two rebounds per game and led his team with 123 three-point attempts—going 36 percent from behind the arc—and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice last season.
Neither player was expected to compete for significant playing time during this year, due to a healthier frontcourt and a sizable incoming freshman class.
—DENNIS J. ZHENG