Vanderbilt leading scorer out for season because of academics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)
Vanderbilt will be without leading scorer Eric McClellan the rest of the season after the point guard was suspended for the spring semester for violating academic policy.
The school announced Wednesday McClellan is expected to be reinstated this summer.
McClellan had been averaging a team-high 14.3 points for Vanderbilt, but the sophomore guard did not travel with the Commodores to Alabama for a 68-63 loss on Tuesday night. The guard, who transferred to Vanderbilt from Tulsa, had started the first 12 games for Vanderbilt (8-5, 0-1 Southeastern Conference).
The guard apologized to his family, coaches, teammates and Vanderbilt in a statement issued through the university.
"I take full responsibility for what has happened," McClellan said. "I look forward to returning to school this summer and of continuing my goal of earning a degree at Vanderbilt and playing basketball for this coaching staff and with these players."
Coach Kevin Stallings now has just seven scholarship players left. He lost four players during the offseason with last season's leading scorer Kedren Johnson suspended from the university for a year. Stallings also lost center Josh Henderson after eight games to a knee injury.
Vanderbilt hosts No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday.