Kansas State guard Denis Clemente was suspended one game by coach Frank Martin for Clemente’s actions against Kansas University in Saturday’s game in Manhattan.
Clemente served his suspension during Tuesday’s 95-49 win over North Carolina Central.
“Denis is a very passionate and competitive young man who knows he made a mistake,” Martin said. “His actions on Saturday are not acceptable and he has to do a better job of maintaining his composure.”
Video replays showed Clemente struck KU’s Tyrel Reed in the head while Reed was boxing him out after a free throw with 31 seconds left.
“I am very sorry for my actions on Saturday,” Clemente said. “I understand that I let my emotions get the best of me and, more importantly, I let my team down.”
According to K-State, “Clemente committed a fighting act as defined by Section 4 of the NCAA Basketball Rules and must serve a suspension for the next contest.”
“The Conference accepts this action and I commend coach Martin for taking the initiative and implementing action that demonstrates his continued commitment to conduct his program with sportsmanship," Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe said. “I also appreciate Mr. Clemente’s acknowledgment of his mistake.”
KU coach Bill Self said: “Denis is a heck of a player. He played well against us in a hard-fought game. By no means did we pursue this situation at all.”
Lance Stephenson, a 6-5 senior from Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y., who will visit KU this weekend, tells Rivals.com he also wants to visit UCLA and Wake Forest. He is also considering St. John’s, Maryland and Southern California. ... Bradley Beal, a 6-3 sophomore from Chaminade College Prep School in St. Louis, will visit KU for the Missouri game on March 1, according to Rivals.com.
KU’s Brady Morningstar and Cole Aldrich have each worn a protective boot this week in response to minor foot/lower leg bruises. Self said both have practiced and are expected to play tonight against Iowa State (7 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse).
Sherron Collins was asked if he’s surprised the Jayhawks are 20-5 overall and 9-1 in the league.
“I’m a little surprised, but it’s what we’re supposed to do. It’s Kansas.”
The McDonald’s All-America game rosters will be announced at 5 p.m., today on ESPNU. KU signees Thomas Robinson and Elijah Johnson are candidates for the game.