Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Three Evansville basketball players dismissed from team
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Freshmen guards Dupree Fletcher and
Marcus Butler and sophomore guard Robert Nelson have been dismissed
from the team for actions off the court, coach Steve Merfeld said
The sanctions apparently come as part of a police investigation
into thefts near the university campus, the Evansville Courier &
Merfeld said in a news release on the university's Web site that
the dismissals are because of an on-campus incident last week that
involved the personal property of others.
"Behavior such as this will not be tolerated," he said. "Our
expectation is that everyone in the program represents the
university in a positive light on campus and within the
The 6-foot Fletcher, last year's high school player of the year
in Wisconsin, was averaging 8.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals
in 14.3 minutes per game for the Purple Aces (2-1).
The 6-3 Butler was averaging 1.5 points in 3.5 minutes.
The 6-5 Nelson was averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10.7
minutes. He appeared in 28 games, including six starts, as a
freshman, when he averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds.