(CBS/UCLA Athletics) — UCLA Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ben Howland announced today that he has reinstated Reeves Nelson. Nelson will return to practice on Thursday, Nov. 17, and will travel with team to the EA Sports Maui Invitational this weekend. The team did not practice today.
Nelson, a junior forward, was suspended for conduct unbecoming of a member of the UCLA basketball team and missed the Middle Tennessee State (Nov. 15) game as well as practices on Nov. 13-14.
“After much deliberation, I have decided to reinstate Reeves Nelson,” said UCLA Men’s Basketball Coach Ben Howland. “Reeves understands that his reinstatement is contingent on his ability to continually meet the high standards we have established for all UCLA men’s basketball players. He expressed to me in our meeting earlier today that he desires to be a better person and better teammate going forward, and, given that, I feel as though I should give him that opportunity.”
Nelson had 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the season-opening loss to Loyola Marymount (Nov. 11).
“I acknowledge there are corrections that need to be made and I’m grateful to Coach Howland to have this opportunity to improve and work on being a positive force for our team,” said Nelson. “I appreciate the support of my teammates and will be there for them as we move forward.”