The UCLA basketball program has extended the suspensions of freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were arrested for shoplifting prior to the season during an overseas trip to China.
The players will be forced to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season with their suspensions, but will be able to practice with the team.
LiAngelo Ball, the third player involved in the incident, has already withdrawn from the university and is set to play professional basketball in Lithuania.
UCLA announces freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill will be suspended for the rest of the season, but will be allowed to join the team for practices and team meetings beginning Dec 26. They will not suit up for any games or travel.
— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) December 22, 2017
“Since returning from China, they have done everything asked of them and continued to work hard in the classroom and in their own personal workouts,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said in a statement.
“I’ve told our players all along that actions have consequences, and the season-long suspension shows how seriously we take their misconduct. Though they will not suit up for games or travel with the team, I look forward to their return after the Christmas holiday. I am confident that they will make significant contributions to the university moving forward.”
Riley is expected to be a significant contributor next season once he is able to return to the court.
“While we acknowledge the difficulties that both Cody and Jalen have faced since returning to campus, we also know that their actions in China were contrary to the values of UCLA and harmful to both the university and our basketball program,” Dan Guerrero, the Bruins’ athletic director, said in a statement. “As members of the Bruin family, it is our responsibility to help them grow from this situation. We will continue to support them as students, as athletes and as young men, and we hope that they will use this as a learning experience.”
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