OGDEN -- Franklin Session won't get the chance to make up for a missed opportunity.
Session took his last final exam at Weber State on Monday, and is leaving the school and won't be back to play his senior season for the men's basketball team. While he has continued to play in some pick-up games with the Wildcat players since the season ended in March, Session has been released from the team by WSU coach Randy Rahe.
"Nothing against Franklin and nothing against our program, but sometimes things just don't fit," Rahe said. "That was the biggest thing. Franklin has a lot of abilities and does some really good things, but as a program as a whole, the bottom line is it just wasn't a great fit."
Session plans on attending Cal State University-Dominguez Hills, an NCAA Division II school, in the fall to finish his schooling and his collegiate playing career. Rahe said that Session is on track to get his degree and will be able to utilize his ability better in the system he'll be joining.
"I think Franklin probably felt it as well, too," Rahe said. "He had to try and change his game, how he played, to fit us and it's hard for a player, especially a junior college player. We really appreciate his efforts this year and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and hopefully he will be successful."
Session, who transferred from Saddleback (Calif.) Junior College and was named the Big Sky Conference's newcomer of the year, was known as a stat-stuffer because his name often appeared in several categories on the final statistic sheet following each game.
He led WSU in rebounding, steals and blocks, and was second in assists and third in scoring. He played the second-most minutes in the season, behind point guard Damian Lillard, and also committed the most turnovers on the team.
Unfortunately, the last image WSU fans will have of Session is when he missed a pair of important free throws that could have helped the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament. During WSU's game against Montana in the Big Sky championship game, Session came up with a steal and was fouled as WSU led 65-64 with 28 seconds left. He missed both free throws and Montana won 66-65 to claim the tournament.
The Wildcats, who had won the league's regular-season title, had to settle for a spot in the National Invitation Tournament and Session didn't react in the way that his coaches wanted.
"My attitude towards losing just couldn't be tolerated, and after the Montana loss I acted in an immature way and didn't bounce back fast enough and get ready for the NIT," Session said. "I just felt as though it was my fault and I made huge changes in my attitude throughout the year but it just wasn't enough."
Session, who said that his time playing for the Wildcats "was hands down the best time of my life," took the loss hard and posted on his Facebook page that he didn't care about the NIT and was ready to go home.
Session spent his entire life in Los Angeles prior to coming to Weber State, and will now move closer to home.
"He's a great kid," Rahe said. "We just wish him the best of luck."