UCLA reinstates F Nelson

UCLA announced on Wednesday that junior forward Reeves Nelson has been reinstated to the team.

"After much deliberation, I have decided to reinstate Reeves Nelson," said UCLA head coach Ben Howland. "Reeves understands that his reinstatement is contingent on his ability to continually meet the high standards we have established for all UCLA men's basketball players. He expressed to me in our meeting earlier today that he desires to be a better person and better teammate going forward, and, given that, I feel as though I should give him that opportunity."

Nelson had been suspended indefinitely for "conduct unbecoming a member of the UCLA basketball team" and missed the Bruins' 86-66 loss to Middle Tennessee State as well as practices on Saturday and Sunday.

Nelson was the Bruins' leading scorer and rebounder last season, averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest. He netted 13 points and grabbed eight boards in a season-opening loss to Loyola Marymount last Friday.

He will return to the team on Thursday, then travel with the school to the Maui Invitational this weekend.