Monday, December 15, 2003
Niakate will redshirt
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State guard Modibo Niakate was reinstated to the team Monday after being dismissed in September for a violation of team rules.
Niakate, a 6-foot-2 senior, will be redshirted for the remainder
of the season and practice with the team. His status for next
season will be determined in the spring, the university said.
Coach Mike Garland said he has seen a change in Niakate since
the fall and believes he deserves another chance. Niakate continued
to attend classes after his dismissal from the team.
Niakate averaged 11.9 points last season after transferring from
Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He played in 26 games,
starting 15, and led the Horizon League by shooting 44 percent from
Niakate, a native of Paris, attended Sacred Heart-Griffin High
School in Springfield, Ill.