At a time when the Alabama basketball team needs some positive news, head coach Anthony Grant announced Wednesday that forward Nick Jacobs has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the program.

“Nick and I met early this week regarding a pattern of behavior and inconsistencies with his responsibilities as a student-athlete,” Grant said in a release. “When addressed with these off-the-court issues, he requested a leave of absence, which I granted. He and I both feel it is in his best interest to step away from the team for the immediate future. We will continue to provide Nick the support and assistance he needs to reassess his priorities and focus on his well-being."

The junior has played an inconsistent role on the team after many expected him to be a big part of the program in 2013-14. The last two games provide a perfect example of that. Last Tuesday, Jacobs scored 18 points in 28 minutes against Ole Miss to help Alabama end its 4-game losing streak. Then on Saturday against South Carolina, he managed only two points in just 14 minutes.

With the Crimson Tide's third-leading scorer out of the lineup indefinitely, the team is left with just three available players over 6'6" on the roster - junior Carl Engstrom, freshman Jimmie Taylor, and freshman Shannon Hale.

Alabama travels to Texas A&M for a game with the Aggies on Thursday.