Reeves Nelson booted off Lithuanian team, too


Reeves Nelson, the former UCLA basketball star dismissed from the Bruins’ program last December, was released Tuesday by BC Zalgiris after five weeks as he was trying to improve his NBA draft stock playing with the professional team in Lithuania (Seattle Times story linked here).

Reeves reportedly played 17 minutes per game over 24 games for Zalgiris, averaging 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds a game.

Jonathan Givony at (linked here) writes that Nelson is eligible for the 2012 NBA draft, but he isn’t expected to be selected.

Nelson led UCLA in scoring (13.9) and rebounds (9.1) last season when he was first-team All-Pac 10.

On Nov. 15, he was suspended for two days and he sat out another game after he was late for a team meeting. After he was reinstated, he missed the team flight to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. Coach Ben Howland suspended him a second time on Dec. 6 after he was seen laughing on the Bruins’ bench during a 10-point loss to Texas.

Three days later, Howland kicked Nelson off the team. The team was 2-5 at the time, and won five in a row after he was let go. They are 10-4 without him on the roster going into tonight’s game at Washington.

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  • jack

    I wonder who is mom is going to blame this time around. Don’t be afraid to take a long hard look in the mirror woman. Nice job of parenting.

  • lance

    From all PAC 10 to all nothing. What a waste of talent

  • cotman

    Another kid who had talent but did not realize that as you move up to the “pro” ranks the competition becomes much better. There are no “weak” links in the pro leagues even in Europe. It is not a place for an unstable personality. We will seeing Reeves at the local Taco Bell in the near future since he threw away his education.