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Drake suspends two players after shoplift charge

Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:56 pm
By Matt Norlander

Respect the Drake.

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.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:02 am

Drake suspends two players after shoplift charge

Ok, But in your last article you compared him to Brandon Reed, of Georgia Tech.

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:18 pm

Drake suspends two players after shoplift charge

Money or not, these kids would be taking the chance or adventure of shop lifting.  I think this is a joke!  Guess what, I was in Scheels not more than a couple weeks ago and there was a lot of things i wanted but couldn't afford...I bought what i could afford and left.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:29 am

Drake suspends two players after shoplift charge

Just another reason to me for these schools to gives these kids some money

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:38 pm

Drake suspends two players after shoplift charge

They were only stealing because they aren't given everything like the larger

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 5:55 pm

Drake suspends two players after shoplift charge

I guess that's two "steals" that won't show up in the stats.

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