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 DraftExpress.com (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.