Nevada will have to find a way to continue its hot start with a shorter rotation of players following the indefinite suspension of junior forward Elijah Foster. The Wolf Pack already had a thin bench, and losing a player who was averaging 12 points and 7.4 rebounds per game will only make things more difficult.
Foster’s suspension comes as a result of his arrest early Monday morning for first-degree domestic battery and a contempt of court charge.
Foster, who was enjoying a breakout campaign which included three triple-doubles this season, had already been serving a suspension retroactive to Nov. 27. They’d hoped to get him back sooner than later, as they currently only have six players who are logging more than nine minutes per game on the roster.
However, Nevada coach Eric Mussleman was direct and decisive in his suspending Foster indefinitely.
“We’re aware of Elijah Foster’s arrest this morning,” Musselman said. “We’ve suspended him from all basketball-related activities until this matter is resolved. This matter is being taken very seriously by our university, the athletic department and our basketball program.”
Musselman would not comment on the issue further, but rather stressed the team effort that will be required to replace Foster’s contributions on the court.
Foster, who is 20 years old, has no previous criminal arrests and both charges against are considered misdemeanors.