Former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson has decided to go play professionally in Lithuania. Nelson was dismissed from the Bruins last week after several suspensions. Continue reading
UCLA’s Reeves Nelson was dismissed from the men’s basketball team on Tuesday, according to BruinReportOnline.com.
Nelson was the leading returning scorer and rebounder for the Bruins and on the preseason short-list for player of the year in the PAC-12. However after several disciplinary infractions UCLA has decided to part ways with Nelson.
The junior forward was suspended after a season-opening loss to Loyola-Marymount because of his attitude problem that has plagued him throughout his career. He missed UCLA’s loss to Middle Tennessee State, then proceeded to miss the team’s flight to the Maui Invitational. He then only played 11 minutes against Chaminade. Nelson was benched for the second half of Saturday’s game with Texas and was reportedly “laughing it up” on the sideline while his teammates lost 69-59.
“[Nelson's] behavior is totally uncharacteristic of what we want from a UCLA basketball player representing this history and tradition,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times. “It’s something that is going to be dealt with when we get together again. It’s been an ongoing problem the past two years which has gotten worse.”
Nelson averaged 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game last season.
He was only averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game this season.
Last season Arizona was able to capture the regular season Pac-12 crown due in large part to the play of Derrick Williams. He has since departed for the NBA but ‘Zona still has a talented team that will be led by Solomon Hill and Kyle Fogg.
However the team with the most returning talent, which may be surprising to some, is California. Four of the top-10 scorers in the league from last season are returning this year, and three belong to Cal. This looks to be a pretty big advantage for the Bears but they still have some flaws. I look for it to be a very close race among Cal, UCLA, ‘Zona, and Washington.
Overall this seems to be a down year for both team and individual talent in the Pac-12 as there are no clear-cut favorites or individual stars but it should be an exciting race to the title. So lets take a look at the top players to watch and predict the standings. Continue reading