Colorado State guard Gian Clavell, a rising senior, returned to team activities on after charges against him were dropped.
Matt L. Stephens of The Coloradoan reported on Monday evening that Clavell’s case was dismissed last Thursday. Back on July 17, Clavell was arrested after campus police witnessed an incident between Clavell and a female student. He was arrested “alleged harassment and false imprisonment, with a domestic violence enhancement.”
Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy suspended Clavell from the team following the arrested. Eustachy confirmed to Stephens that Clavell is back with the program.
Clavell is Colorado State’s top returning scorer at 9.2 points per game. The Rams graduated J.J. Avila, Stanton Kidd and Daniel Bejarano, all of whom averaged double figures from a season ago. The 6-foot-4 Clavell takes on a larger role for the Rams this season alongside fellow guards Joe De Ciman and John Gillon.
Colorado State, coming off a 27-win season and a trip to the NIT, open the 2015-16 campaign at Northern Iowa on Nov. 14.
Friday afternoon it was reported that one of the guards expected to be a key contributor for Colorado State this upcoming season has landed in legal trouble.
Gian Clavell, who averaged 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and is the team’s leading returning scorer, has been suspended from the team following his arrest Thursday. According to The Coloradoan, Clavell has been arrested “for alleged harassment and false imprisonment, with a domestic violence enhancement” with campus police officers witnessing the alleged incident with a female student Thursday morning.
Colorado State lost forwards J.J. Avila and Stanton Kidd and guard Daniel Bejarano from last season’s team, which missed out on the NCAA tournament despite winning 27 games. For that reason Clavell’s expected to be a key contributor for the Rams, but this legal situation throws a wrench into those plans for the time being.
Clavell is one of three returnees to average between 7.9 and 9.2 points per game last season, with Joe De Ciman and John Gillon being the others. That core will be joined by a group of newcomers led by junior college transfer Emmanuel Ombogo, who was rated as one of the top prospects in the 2015 class, as they look to get Colorado State to the NCAA tournament.
Colorado State is off to its best start in school history with an 12-0 record and a spot in this week’s top 25 rankings. However, as No. 24 Colorado State looks to complete a perfect non-conference schedule, it will do so without one starter and one key reserve.
Starting forward Tiel Daniels and backup guard Gian Clavell stayed in Fort Collins to recover from injuries while the Rams traveled to play New Mexico State, the team announced on Friday evening. Daniels, who 5.9 points and 4.6 boards per game in 12 starts, is dealing with a calf injury while Calvell, the team’s fourth leading scorer at 10.3 points per game, is out with a shoulder. Both hope to return to action on New Year’s Eve against Boise State, the start of Mountain West Conference play.
Saturday’s game against the Aggies marks the third true road game for the Rams, who defeated Colorado and Denver by a combined three points in their two road victories.
Colorado State begins conference play at home against fellow Mountain West contender Boise State followed by a road game against New Mexico and back home to face Larry Nance in Wyoming. That three-game slate is in an eight-day span.