Dwayne Morgan Will Continue To Work Toward Graduation|
Aug. 29, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV men’s basketball student-athlete Dwayne Morgan will receive full academic support as he works toward his graduation in December, but will not be a participating member of the team, head coach Marvin Menzies said Tuesday.
“Dwayne’s life is what is most important, not basketball,” Menzies said. “He was not operating in the correct manner before his incident and the months since have provided him with an opportunity for change. He has been great in his response to the demands that were put on him. He completed all assigned coursework over the summer and has done a phenomenal job with a rigorous schedule. His plan is to graduate with his fellow students in December.”
Morgan, who was suspended in May from all basketball activities, will continue taking classes at UNLV during the fall semester.
“I am grateful to Coach Menzies for treating me like his own son through this process,” Morgan said. “I don’t know how many coaches are out there that would have helped me through my mistake like he has. I came to UNLV to get a college degree and plan to accomplish that. I promised my mom I would earn my degree and I am looking forward to walking across the stage with a proud family in attendance. I will always consider myself a Runnin’ Rebel and will be rooting for the guys this season.
“I have been taught to turn a negative into a positive and as I look back, the situation that occurred was a real eye-opener. I feel very blessed to have a coaching staff that cares so much about me as a person.”
Morgan’s 2016-17 season was cut short because of injury. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in eight appearances last season. In his previous two seasons (2014-16), he averaged a total of 5.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg.