If any schools wanted dismissed UCLA forward Reeves Nelson, they’re out of luck. He’s heading to Europe.
UCLA head coach Ben Howland said Thursday afternoon that Nelson will be playing professionally in Lithuania. Nelson’s father discussed it further with an area newspaper.
“As far as what team that will be, we can’t say because we don’t have a signed contract,” Brian Nelson, Reeves’ father, told the Modesto Bee.
“Reeves is not returning to college. He’s not transferring anywhere. He has every intention of turning pro.”
He will also be declaring himself eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft in June.
It's been a disastrous two months for Nelson. He was dismissed from the team by Howland last Friday, after being suspended indefinitely earlier in the week. Prior to that, he sat out the entire second half against Texas and seemed to be enjoying himself on the bench during the 10-point loss. In November, Nelson was also suspended for being late to a team meeting. He missed the team’s flight to Hawaii immediately following that suspension.
Nelson averaged 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds last season.
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