Apparently, Ben Howland has reached his last straw.
After announcing that he was suspending returning leading scorer and rebounder Reeves Nelson indefinitely on Tuesday, Howland dismissed the junior all-conference selection on Friday.
“After much thought and deliberation, I have made the decision to dismiss Reeves Nelson from the UCLA Men’s Basketball Team effective immediately,” Howland said in a release. “This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete.”
Nelson was suspended indefinitely on Nov. 14 but reinstated just two days later after missing the team’s loss to MIddle Tennessee State. After missing the team flight to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, Nelson was suspended for the first half of the Bruins’ win over Chaminade.
After playing 51 minutes in UCLA’s following two games against No. 14 Kansas and No. 15 Michigan in Maui, Nelson played just 10 minutes in a UCLA win over Pepperdine and 12 minutes in a loss to Texas.
“This continues a trend of very disappointing behavior by Reeves,” Howland said in a on release on Tuesday justifying Nelson’s suspension. “I personally have worked hard with him to illustrate the importance of the code of conduct for our student-athletes, as well as the ramifications for violating it. I am disappointed that he has continued to fall short of my expectations.”