University of Missouri

March 21, 2014

Missouri guard Shane Rector will return for second round of NIT, Wes Clark still suspended

Freshman guard Shane Rector will return Sunday when Missouri hosts Southern Mississippi in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, but fellow freshman Wes Clark will remain suspended when the teams tip off at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Freshman guard Shane Rector will return Sunday when Missouri hosts Southern Mississippi in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, but fellow freshman Wes Clark will remain suspended when the teams tip off at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

“Shane Rector has been reinstated,” Tigers coach Frank Haith said. “Wes Clark is still suspended based on a violation of team rules. If he cleans up everything, he should be back with us shortly too.”

Rector and Clark, who were both suspended for the win against Davidson, were arrested March 15 and cited for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana along with two Missouri football players, sophomore cornerback Aarion Penton and redshirt sophomore safety Shaun Rupert.

Rector, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., has played in 22 games this season, while Clark, a Detroit native and Missouri’s primary backup point guard, had played in every game before Tuesday’s suspension, averaging 4.1 points with 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Missouri also remain without sophomore guard Corey Haith, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last month, and senior forward Tony Criswell, who hasn’t practiced with the team for several weeks.

Penton and Rupert were suspended from the Tigers’ spring practice on Tuesday, but both also were reinstated Thursday by Missouri coach Gary Pinkel.

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