Freshmen Alexander and Kiir dismissed from LSU basketball team, Sims and Rachal suspended

Glenn Guilbeau
The Daily Advertiser
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LSU head coach Will Wade and forward Wayde Sims (44) talk during the second half against Memphis.

BATON ROUGE - LSU basketball coach Will Wade has cleaned house somewhat for disciplinary reasons.

The first-year coach has dismissed two seldom used freshmen - Galen Alexander of Breaux Bridge and Lafayette Christian Academy and Mayan Kiir of Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Florida. Alexander, a 6-foot-6 forward averaging 0.5 points and 1.0 rebounds in four Southeastern Conference games, will not be returning to the team, Wade said at a press conference Monday.

Kiir, who is averaging 0.3 points and 1.0 rebounds a game in three SEC games, will have a chance to work his way back onto the team before next season, Wade said. Alexander had previously "taken leave" from the program in the fall.

Wade also suspended sophomore forward Wayde Sims of University High in Baton Rouge and freshman guard Brandon Rachal of Natchitoches-Central High in Natchitoches for one game each for violating team policies. Sims is averaging 5.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 17.5 minutes a game through eight starts and 20 games. Rachal is averaging 4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 15.8 minutes a game through 19 games. 

"It's difficult as a coach," Wade said. "You look at yourself as a parent figure and want to help these guys. It's never fun when you have to have those meetings. It's not the most exciting part of your job, but it's part of what you have to do. You have to maintain a culture. You have to maintain a level of discipline within your program."

Wade said all four players are amid separate disciplinary situations.

The Tigers (12-8, 3-5 SEC) play at Tennessee (15-5, 5-3 SEC) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the SEC Network. 

Wade said he could have announced the dismissals and suspensions before LSU's last game, which was a 95-70 loss at No. 19 Auburn on Saturday. 

"I just didn't have time to execute some of the decisions before the game," he said. "I needed some time where I had a little bit of a break to do what needed to be done."

None of the four played significant roles at Auburn, but all four did play. Sims scored two points in 11 minutes. Rachal had zero points in 11 minutes. Kiir had zero points in six minutes. Alexander had zero points in three minutes.

LSU's roster will be down to 10 players for the Tennessee game. 

"We'll put a plan together and do as best we can," Wade said.


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