UCLA basketball: Decision on Reeves Nelson’s status expected Wednesday afternoon


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A decision on the status of UCLA junior forward Reeves Nelson, who was suspended indefinitely earlier this week over behavior issues and sat out the Bruins’ 86-66 loss to Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday, is expected to be announced between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to two school officials.

UCLA Coach Ben Howland said after his team’s second consecutive loss to open the season that he had met with Nelson and his mother in person on Monday, with Nelson’s father on speaker phone, for about 70 minutes to discuss the situation. Howland said he was also scheduled to meet alone with Nelson again Wednesday.


What would Howland need to hear from Nelson to reinstate him on the team?

‘Just an understanding that he’s got a lot of things that need to improve in terms of coachability, attitude, interacting with his teammates, representing the university the way we expect it to be represented,’ Howland said. ‘We’ll have a long talk concerning a lot of different issues.’

UCLA is scheduled to leave for Hawaii on Saturday before opening the Maui Invitational on Monday against Chaminade.


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