Dwayne Morgan will not be a member of the UNLV basketball team, head coach Marvin Menzies announced today.
Morgan was suspended indefinitely in May after an arrest. He had a dispute with a cab driver and ended up trying to get into a police car before he was arrested.
“Dwayne’s life is what is most important, not basketball,” Menzies said in a statement. “He was not operating in the correct manner before his incident and the months since have provided him with an opportunity for change. He has been great in his response to the demands that were put on him. He completed all assigned coursework over the summer and has done a phenomenal job with a rigorous schedule. His plan is to graduate with his fellow students in December.”
Morgan will stay at UNLV and work towards graduating in December. Graduation would allow Morgan to transfer to another university and play without having to sit out a season.
Morgan might have two years of eligibility remaining if he gets a medical redshirt for this past season where injuries cut his season down to just eight games. Without the medical redshirt, he’ll have one year of eligibility left.
As a sophomore in 2015-16 Morgan averaged 5.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.3 minutes of play. His biggest on-court issue has been his foul trouble, where he led the Mountain West in fouls per 40 minutes in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
With Morgan off the team, UNLV’s roster seems set. Menzies had over-recruited his 13 allotted scholarships. But Morgan’s departure means Ben Coupet and Djordjije Sljivancanin will stay on the roster.