UCLA suspends Cody Riley, Jalen Hill for rest of season

Jalen Hill (left) and Cody Riley have been suspended through the 2017-18 season for shoplifting in China. (Photos by Hans Gutknecht/SCNG)

Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have been suspended for the rest of the year, UCLA announced Friday, extending the freshman forwards’ indefinite suspensions after a five-week investigation from the school’s Office of Student Conduct.

The pair of local products will not be allowed to travel or suit up for home games, but can resume practicing and going to meetings on Dec. 26 after they were arrested for shoplifting from multiple stores in China last month.

“I’ve told our players all along that actions have consequences, and the season-long suspension shows how seriously we take their misconduct,” head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “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.”

The Bruins now have the final word on their roster going forward with Pac-12 play starting next week. They finish the nonconference slate on Saturday in New Orleans against No. 7 Kentucky at 1 p.m. PT on CBS.

More on the suspensions and UCLA’s nonconference finale.