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Rebels’ Willis will sit Wednesday, freshman Mashour will play

UNLV basketball coach Lon Kruger said today that senior guard Tre’Von Willis’ suspension will be extended one game and he won’t play on Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana.

Kruger also said freshman swingman Karam Mashour does not want to redshirt this season and will play in the Rebels’ next game.

Willis, UNLV’s leading scorer last season, was suspended for three games, including the two exhibitions, in late September as a result of offseason legal issues. At the time, Kruger said Willis had to meet unspecified guidelines or the suspension could be lengthened.

Kruger said Willis “will play against Wisconsin” on Saturday.

“Tre’Von has done well during his suspension, but has left a few details undone — nothing major. He will sit out the Southeastern Louisiana game. We have closure in sight and are anxious to move on,” Kruger said.

Mashour, a 6-foot-6-inch newcomer from Israel, did not play Friday in the Rebels’ season-opening 85-41 victory over UC Riverside at the Thomas & Mack Center. Kruger said after the game he preferred to redshirt Mashour.

“We have had additional discussions with Karam about the possibility of redshirting, but he wants to play and we certainly appreciate that,” Kruger said. “We are totally supportive of this decision and are anxious to get him out on the floor Wednesday night.”

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