Junior point guard Daquan Cook has been suspended for “at least” the first 13 games of the 2015-16 season, the university announced on Tuesday. The team also revealed that Cook was arrested for DUI on Sunday, which precipitated the punishment.
Cook was in the midst of returning from an ACL injury that wiped out his entire 2014-15 season. He participated in preseason practices and appeared to be competing for minutes as the Rebels’ backup point guard.
Dave Rice issued a statement on the situation via a university press release:
“Daquan made a mistake and takes responsibility for it. He understands at UNLV there are consequences. We are disappointed in his actions, but we are committed to giving him the support he needs to have the opportunity to move forward and learn from this.”
The suspension will keep Cook out of action for the entirety of the non-conference schedule. After 13 games, his status will be re-evaluated by the team.
With Cook sidelined, freshman Jalen Poyser appears to be next in line to assume the majority of minutes backing up starting point guard Jerome Seagears.