UCLA removes Nelson from basketball team

Dec. 9, 2011 at 3:38 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Reeves Nelson, the leading scorer on the UCLA basketball team last season, has been kicked off the team, Bruins Coach Ben Howland said Friday.

Nelson, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, had been suspended indefinitely for conduct unbecoming a member of the basketball team. It was his second suspension this season.

"After much thought and deliberation, I have made the decision to dismiss Reeves Nelson from the UCLA men's basketball team effective immediately," Howland said in a release. "This decision is not one that I take lightly but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete."

Nelson led UCLA with game averages of 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds last season. In six games this year, he was averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.

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