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Cleveland Melvin no longer with DePaul basketball program

DePaul forward ClevelMelv(12) reacts after he scored three-point-shot during first half an NCAA college basketball game against Southern Mississippi Rosemont

DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin (12) reacts after he scored a three-point-shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern Mississippi in Rosemont, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: February 10, 2014 9:22PM

DePaul announced Monday that senior forward and leading scorer Cleveland Melvin has left the school.

Melvin, the 2011 Big East rookie of the year, was suspended Jan. 25 for undisclosed reasons by coach Oliver Purnell.

Tweeted Melvin: “I want to thank everyone at DePaul and the basketball program for working with me over the last four years. I wish nothing but the best for my teammates and the coaching staff the rest of this season and in the future.’’

The Baltimore native leads the Demons (10-14, 2-9 Big East) with 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. He became the third player suspended by Purnell this season, all for undisclosed violations of team rules.

Junior guard Charles McKinney was suspended for two games in December. Junior guard ­Jamee Crockett was suspended Jan. 4 and remains suspended.

DePaul issued a statement, saying Melvin “is no longer enrolled and therefore no longer part of the DePaul basketball program.”

Melvin ranks sixth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,792 points. He also ranks third in field goals (719), third in blocked shots (131) and 14th in rebounds (707).

Melvin played in 110 games, starting 99. But he played in only eight Big East victories in his career (8-57). The Demons have gone 40-78 overall in that span.

Melvin, Purnell’s first signee, was considered a top-tier recruit when he signed with DePaul after originally considering Connecticut.


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