"Breon's accountability, academically and socially, was not up to our standards," Taylor said.
Key played in 32 games last season, averaging 7.8 minutes per game. He averaged 1.9 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 10 points versus Long Island last Nov. 14.
Key could not be reached for comment on his dismissal or future plans.
Key's dismissal opens up a scholarship for Ambrose Mosley, a 6-3 guard from Jacksonville, Fla., by way of Hargrave Military Academy. Mosley announced that he had committed to the Monarchs a couple of weeks ago, and he signed scholarship papers Wednesday.
Mosley chose ODU over Wofford and Tennessee Tech. He averaged 16 points per game last season for Hargrave's postgraduate team, which finished 38-1.
He was a late recruit for the Monarchs, though new ODU assistant John Richardson was well aware of him. Richardson, who was previously at Virginia Tech, had seen Mosley frequently while recruiting teammate Montrezl Harrell for the Hokies.
"We think he can be a very good player," Taylor said. "His nickname is 'The Motor.' He plays with good, continuous movement. He played on a team that won a lot, which I like. He's kind of a combo guard, so we can use him at the point and off the ball. He has good size and long arms. He kind of fits the prototype of what we're looking for at that position."
Mosley visited ODU the weekend of May 12 and enjoyed the campus, facilities, his future teammates and coaches.
"It seems like a family atmosphere," he said. "I like all the coaches -- Coach Blaine and Coach (Jim) Corrigan and Coach Richardson. It feels like they're the kind of coaches who can yell at you in practice, but when you talk to them in their office the next day, it's all good. They just want to push you to be the best you can be."
He joins a recruiting class that includes 6-5 wing Aaron Bacote from Bethel High, 6-2 guard Keenan Palmore from Georgia, 6-4 wing Deion Clark from Florida, 6-10 Ekene Anachebe from Georgia and 6-9 forward Stuart McEwen from New Zealand, by way of prep school in Connecticut. McEwen spent the second semester at ODU, practicing and working out with the team.
The Monarchs also will add DeShawn Painter, a 6-9 forward and Norfolk native who played at N.C. Stateand is transferring to ODU to be closer to his family. ODU awaits word from the NCAA on a waiver that would allow Painter to play immediately and not sit out a year, as is customary with transfers.
Mosley said he hasn't met any of the other ODU newcomers yet. He is home in Jacksonville and plans to arrive in Norfolk on June 23, when he will begin school orientation and workouts in preparation for next season.
"I can't wait," he said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun