UNLV suspends Tre'Von Willis

Updated: September 28, 2010, 8:21 PM ET
By Diamond Leung | ESPN.com

UNLV announced it will suspend leading scorer Tre'Von Willis for at least three games after he pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge related to a domestic incident in June.

Willis, who apologized at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the school, will miss the two exhibition games and the regular-season opener against UC-Riverside while Rebels coach Lon Kruger decides when exactly his star guard will return to action. Kruger has set expectations required for reinstatement and could issue a harsher penalty if Willis does not meet them, according to a team spokesman.

As part of the plea agreement, Willis will pay a $340 fine, perform 100 hours of community service and attend counseling sessions after a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation was reduced to a misdemeanor.

"I feel awful and embarrassed," Willis said. "I used extremely poor judgment, made a mistake and take responsibility for what happened. I will work hard to earn back the trust and support of the fans and those close to me."

The 6-foot-4 Willis will be able to practice with the team while serving the suspension. His senior season was placed in jeopardy when he was arrested June 29 after an altercation with a 28-year-old woman at her Henderson apartment.

"Tre'Von made a mistake and feels horrible about it," Kruger said. "He let a lot of people down. With any mistake there are consequences and he is accepting responsibility for what he did. In addition to the legal system penalties, he is also being penalized by the program to address the mistakes he made and will miss at least the first 10 percent of his senior season."

Willis was the Mountain West conference's second-leading scorer, averaging 17.2 points per game while leading the Rebels to the NCAA tournament.

Diamond Leung covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at diamond83@gmail.com.

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