3 Nevada Basketball Players Suspended Indefinitely

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada starting guard Brandon Fields and two incoming freshmen have been suspended from the basketball team
indefinitely after being cited for misdemeanor petty larceny, Wolf Pack coach Mark Fox said Thursday.

London Giles, a 6-foot-3 guard from Dallas, and Ahyaro Phillips, a 6-8 forward from New Orleans, were suspended along with Fields after their release by Sparks police following an undisclosed incident on Wednesday, Fox said in a statement.

"I am extremely disappointed to learn of this situation," Fox said. "I do not know all of the facts right now and will not have any further comment until I have a better understanding of the situation."

Rhonda Lundin, Nevada's assistant athletic director for media services, said it's not known how long the suspensions will last but that they will continue until police complete an investigation of the case.

"They are suspended from the team. They are suspended until we have all the facts," Lundin told The Associated Press.

She said it was not clear what the suspension would entail or whether the three would be allowed to practice with the team. Violations of the school's code of conduct can result in anything from lost practice time to dismissal, she said.

"There's no answer to that question yet," Lundin said, noting the team's first official practice is Friday night.

Fields, a 6-4 junior, started all but one of Nevada's games last season, was the team's third-leading scorer with a 12.4 average and was selected to the Western Athletic Conference's all-academic team.

Phillips is a New Orleans native who relocated to Virginia after Hurricane Katrina. He graduated in the spring from Fork Union Military Academy in Fort Union, Va., where he averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Giles averaged 16 points, 5.2 assists and 6.5 assists last season at Dallas' Kimball High School.

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