Saturday, December 10th, 2011 at 11:28 am  |  8 responses

UCLA Dismisses Reeves Nelson

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Junior forward Reeves Nelson led UCLA with 13.9 ppg and 9.1 rpg last season. But after struggling with off-the-court behavior issues for the past several months, Bruins’ head coach Ben Howland dismissed him from the team.

Prior to being dismissed, Nelson received two “indefinite” suspensions from Howland. The first was for five days in November after he was late for a team meeting. The second came after a loss to Texas last Saturday.

Nelson was an all-conference player last season, but Howland said that in the end, he didn’t think having him on the team was worth it.

From the Los Angeles Times:

“I’ve sat with Reeves multiple times,” Howland said. “It’s just a culmination of everything. In fairness to the team, there’s a point where we’ve got to move forward and do what’s best for the team. I want to help Reeves and am hoping he, in his future, can continue to grow as a player and be able to fit into a team and organization and be able to handle all the things that go with it.”

Nelson has yet to comment, and his future beyond the dismissal is undetermined.

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  • Stroshow

    David Stern says he can’t leave though.

  • Kilo

    Cat went from the cover of SI to nowhere. Drew Gordon ended up leaving too. I think it’s time for Ben Howland to go. This guy runs an oofense that would have been old school in the 1970′s.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Not sure what the hell is going on at UCLA man.
    Wasn’t too long ago they were in back to back final fours, think last one was in 2008.
    Now they have an enormously talented center who might never reach his potential because he’s…well, enormous.
    And they have a supremely hard working forward who can’t stay out of trouble.
    I liked that Nelson kid too. Relentless on the boards.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Stoopid guy..

  • stevie jenkins

    Leaves Bailson.

  • letsrun

    too many blunts.

  • bigA

    Wow, a suspension for coming late to a team meeting.
    I’d be endangered to get a suspension always.