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The program indefinitely suspended point guard Rayvonte Rice (right) and senior Kurt Alexander Friday after both were arrested Wednesday night for shoplifting, according to the Des Moines Register.
Rice and Alexander were caught attempting to break the law at Scheels Sporting Goods in West Des Moines.
School athletic director Sandy Hatfield told the Register in a statement, "We are aware that two members of our men’s basketball team face allegations of petty shoplifting. The decision made by these young men is not reflective of the expectations of character and responsibility to which we hold all student-athletes. The student-athletes have been suspended immediately from all team activities. We will allow for the continuation of the legal process before making further comment or determining the length of suspension, and any further action on the matter. Discipline and consequences will be determined consistent with the Drake University Student Code of Conduct and expectations."
Rice, a sophomore, averaged a team-best 13.8 points per game last season and led the team is steals and blocks. Last week, we wrote about Rice's superb freshman year that led to him being courted by a number of BCS schools. He shrugged those suitors off, however, and remained loyal to coach Mark Phelps.
Soon we'll find out how tough Phelps will be toward his young star, who will likely be vital to Drake's success in the Missouri Valley this season.Photo: US PRESSWIRE