Graves Suspended for Season

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Sophomore Will Graves has been suspended for the remainder of the season, the school announced Wednesday evening.

"Will Graves will not represent UNC in competition for the rest of the season," says Williams. "Unfortunately, Will did not maintain the standards we expect of a Carolina basketball player. He will remain a part of our program and participate in practice and all other team activities. His status for 2009-2010 will be determined prior to next season."

Graves played in 20 games this year, averaging 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 10 points against Evansville.

"Will being out obviously adds to the loss of Marcus, and is huge for our team," says Williams. "Will improved his game on both ends of the floor and he will be missed. Their loss definitely takes away a tremendous part of our team, the depth that everyone had talked about going into this season. Coming into this season we thought it would be the most depth I ever coached and that certainly has not been the case."

"I dreamed of playing basketball for Carolina as a kid, so I am very disappointed that I am not able to play the rest of the season," says Graves. "But I respect the decision Coach Williams made and apologize to him and everyone who loves Carolina basketball for putting him in that position. I promise to do my best in practice to make my teammates better and will work hard to try and regain my position on the team for next season."

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