San Diego State's Burns is off team

Updated: August 1, 2003, 7:30 PM ET

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State forward Evan Burns was kicked off the team for failing to meet academic requirements.

Burns, the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year, averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. He had surgery in May after tearing a ligament in his left knee during a campus pickup game and was expected to miss perhaps the first half of the season.

"We put a premium on the importance of the complete student-athlete at San Diego State and Evan was unable to meet those expectations," coach Steve Fisher said Friday.

Burns is in summer school. He enrolled at San Diego State in September after being denied admission to UCLA when his transcripts were not approved by the NCAA. He was cleared to play for the Aztecs in December.

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