After a tumultuous offseason which included a season-long suspension, UNLV forward Savon Goodman has decided to leave the UNLV basketball program. Goodman was suspended for his involvement in a May burglary in which he stole Nike sneakers, $500 cash and almost $900 worth of video games from a friend's apartment.

UNLV coach Dave Rice said that Goodman would remain a part of the program while he was suspended. I suppose that was pending the outcome of a November preliminary hearing, as Goodman faced misdemeanor conspiracy, felony burglary and grand larceny charges that could get him up to 15 years in a Nevada prison.

“I have enjoyed my time at UNLV and am thankful for the support of the fans, my teammates and coaches since I have been here,” Goodman said in a statement issued by the university. “However, I have felt a lot of pressure the last few months. I feel it is best for me to leave the program at this time. Even though I am from Philadelphia, I will always think of Las Vegas as another home.”

Goodman was a sophomore and averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds as a freshman. With the deaprtures of NBA top overall draft pick Anthony Bennett and Mike Moser to Oregon, Goodman would've assumed a bigger role this season.

“I respect Savon's decision and will always be here to support him,” coach Rice said in a statement. “I wish him all the best.”

It will be interesting to see if he ends up anywhere else on the college scene if he happens to beat the rap in this case.

This article was written by Chris Edwards. Follow him on Twitter here and read more of his work here


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