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Savon Goodman leaves UNLV program

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Facing a preliminary hearing over theft charges that total more than $1,000 worth of goods and cash, Savon Goodman left UNLV's program, the school announced.

Goodman was suspended in late August by Runnin' Rebels coach Dave Rice after the 19-year-old's arrest and charges. Goodman faces two felony charges on first degree burglary and one on grand larceny, stemming from an arrest on May 18. He has also been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, according to a Clark County records release. Goodman is alleged to have stolen $500, Nike shoes and nearly $900 worth of video games from a friend's apartment.

On Nov. 12 a judge is scheduled to decide whether Goodman will go to trial for the charges he's up against. As a 6-6 power forward, he averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in nine minutes as a freshman.

“I have enjoyed my time at UNLV and am thankful for the support of the fans, my teammates and coaches since I have been here,” Goodman said in a school statement. “However, I have felt a lot of pressure the last few months. I feel it is best for me to leave the program at this time. Even though I am from Philadelphia, I will always think of Las Vegas as another home.”

According to RunRebs.com, Goodman was with the team and practicing as late as last Tuesday. But the pressure surrounding his case became too much.

"I respect Savon's decision and will always be here to support him," Rice said in a statement. "I wish him all the best."

UNLV starts its season at home vs. Portland State on Nov. 8.

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