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.
UCLA coach Steve Alford shouts to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cal State Bakersfield in Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. UCLA won 75-66. (Reed Saxon/AP)
Head coach Steve Alford said Thursday he expects a resolution to the student conduct investigation involving freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley within one week and as early as the end of this week. When the final decision comes from UCLA’s Office of Student Conduct, Alford will be involved in any possible further discipline pertaining to the basketball team for the two freshmen who were arrested, along with LiAngelo Ball, for shoplifting in Hangzhou, China last month.
Guard LiAngelo Ball, forwards Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, head coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero addressed the media Wednesday in a news conference about the shoplifting incident in China last weekend. Everyone read a prepared statement and did not take questions.
Due to technical difficulties, Riley is not included on the following video, but hit the jump for a transcript of the Sierra Canyon alumnus’ statement: