Junior guard Danny Hurley has taken a leave of absence from the Seton Hall basketball team, Coach P.J. Carlesimo said yesterday.

Hurley is the brother of Bobby Hurley, a rookie with the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings who had a brilliant four-year career at Duke.

Bobby Hurley, who was the most valuable player of the 1992 National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, was the seventh pick overall in last year's NBA draft.

Danny Hurley started the first two games at point guard for Seton Hall. He missed Wednesday's 82-66 loss to Connecticut with what was described as the flu.

When he wasn't in uniform for yesterday's 76-62 victory over St. Bonaventure, Carlesimo was asked about the player's situation.

"Danny won't be with us for a while," Carlesimo said. "He's taking a personal leave. He has to get away from us and basketball for a while."

Asked the nature of Hurley's problems, Carlesimo said: "I can't get into the reasons. They're his and they're personal. I expect him back but I can't even guess about a time frame," the coach said.

After an outstanding high school career playing for his father, Bob Hurley, at St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, Danny has struggled at Seton Hall.

He played in 30 games and averaged 2.8 points as a freshman. Last year, he appeared in 34 games, 16 as a starter, and averaged 6.1.

In two games this season, he scored seven points and had six assists.