UNLV coach Dave Rice said Saturday that sophomore forward Savon Goodman will not play during the 2013-14 season while he resolves some legal issues.
Goodman is scheduled to be court on Friday morning in Las Vegas where he is set to be arraigned on first-degree felony charges of burglary and grand larceny and a gross misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit burglary for an incident that took place on May 18th.
“We are aware of the Savon Goodman situation and we are gathering more information,” Rice said in a text to local media members. “I will have no comment today specific to this. Having said that, regardless of the resolution, Savon will NOT PLAY IN GAMES THIS ENTIRE SEASON so he can focus on getting his priorities in order.”
Rice said Goodman is expected to remain a student at UNLV. Classes for the fall semester begin on Monday and players are due to return to campus today.
The 6-foot-6 Goodman averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 27 games as a freshman but was expected to be a key contributor and a potential starter this season.
The news of Goodman’s suspension comes less than a week after the Runnin’ Rebels beat out 18 schools, including Gonzaga and BYU, for 6-foot-6 forward Jamal Aytes of Junipero Serra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Aytes, who will enroll in UNLV on Monday and will be eligible to play immediately, is a late bloomer who saw his stock rise following strong spring and summer performances with the AAU team Dream Vision where he was a teammate of 7-foot Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman, regarded by some as the top prospect in the Class of 2015, and fast-rising 2015 point guard prospect Noah Robotham.
Check out some highlights of Aytes playing with Zimmerman and Robotham in last month’s Adidas Super 64 Tourney in the video below.
(Savon Goodman photo by Barry Wong)