Memphis coach says Kendrick has personal matter
Memphis coach Josh Pastner says freshman Jelan Kendrick is dealing with yet another ''personal matter'' and that they will ''revisit the situation'' when the McDonald's All-American returns to the Tigers.
The 6-foot-6 guard missed his fifth straight practice Tuesday. CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that Kendrick has been indefinitely suspended while school officials investigate a verbal threat the freshman made against a teammate and cited an anonymous source that Kendrick had been in multiple fights with teammates since arriving on campus.
''It's a personal matter with him, and once that personal matter is resolved, ... he will be back when that gets taken care of,'' Pastner said before practice. ''It's just a matter of time. Whenever that personal matter gets taken care of.''
Asked specifically about the report Kendrick had been suspended for fighting with teammates, Pastner dodged the question. The second-year coach said he wanted to stay consistent on what he called ''the personal matter,'' a phrase he used five separate times when discussing Kendrick.
''I care for them as people, so right now it's a personal matter. Once that gets resolved, we'll go from there,'' Pastner said.
The Atlanta, Ga., native was rated the No. 8 prospect by Rivals.com and PrepStars.com Scout.com rated him the nation's No. 2 shooting guard. He was part of Pastner's first real recruiting class heading into the coach's second season, a haul of seven signees rated No. 2 in the nation by Rivals.com.
Kenrick was involved with another ''personal matter'' and didn't travel with the Tigers to the Bahamas in August. CBSSports.com said Pastner banned Kendrick from the trip for a fight with a teammate.
Pastner said generally he hands out punishment for problems not related to the law or the NCAA.
The talented shooting guard played for Westlake High School as a junior and for Wheeler High in Marietta, Ga., as a senior. Kendrick's return to the Tigers doesn't sound guaranteed.
''Once the personal matter is resolved, we will revisit the situation and we'll go from there,'' Pastner said when asked if Kendrick would return to the Tigers.