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UCLA suspends Cody Riley, Jalen Hill for rest of season before Kentucky matchup

By in Press Enterprise on December 23, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

LOS ANGELES — Now UCLA knows.

Jalen Hill and Cody Riley will not be back this year.

After a five-week investigation from the Office of Student Conduct, UCLA extended Riley and Hill’s indefinite suspensions through the rest of the season on Friday, one day before the Bruins face No. 7 Kentucky in their nonconference season finale.

The pair of freshman forwards who were arrested for shoplifting in China last month will not be allowed to travel with the team or suit up for home games, but can start participate in practices and meetings starting Dec. 26.

“I’ve told our players all along that actions have consequences, and the season-long suspension shows how seriously we take their misconduct,” head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “Though they will not suit up for games or travel with the team, I look forward to their return after the Christmas holiday. I am confident that they will make significant contributions to the university moving forward.”

Without Riley, Hill and former UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball, who was also arrested but has since left the team, the Bruins lost key depth to a bench that was supposed to run 11-men deep. UCLA forged on with a shortened rotation, but has yet to record a marquee NCAA resume-boosting win with one game left before Pac-12 play begins.

“While we acknowledge the difficulties that both Cody and Jalen have faced since returning to campus, we also know that their actions in China were contrary to the values of UCLA and harmful to both the university and our basketball program,” Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said in a statement Friday. “As members of the Bruin family, it is our responsibility to help them grow from this situation. We will continue to support them as students, as athletes and as young men, and we hope that […]    

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