Utah dismisses leading scorer Watkins

Utah dismisses leading scorer Watkins

Published Jan. 18, 2012 3:55 p.m. ET

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak has dismissed point guard and leading scorer Josh "Jiggy" Watkins for an undisclosed team rules violation.

Krystkowiak made the announcement Wednesday, saying he could not sacrifice the integrity of the program for one individual. He had suspended Watkins earlier in the season for three days and one game, and subsequently had implemented a "zero tolerance" rule for players who were late to practice or missed meetings

Watkins was the lone senior on Utah's active roster and was leading the Utes with 15.6 points and 4.8 assists per game. He hit the game-winner in overtime in Utah's lone Pac-12 win on Jan. 5 over Washington State.