Utah Utes basketball: Watkins suspended indefinitely

Published: Monday, Dec. 5 2011 1:20 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah guard Josh "Jiggy" Watkins, who leads the Utes with 17.7 points and 4.8 assists per game, has been benched by first-year head coach Larry Krystkowiak.

"I have suspended Josh Watkins indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Josh will not be participating in any team activities until he has met certain obligations we have laid out for him," Krystkowiak said. "It's an unfortunate circumstance but we hope he can meet these obligations and become a part of our team once again. This is a team matter and I will not be discussing the details of his suspension any further."

Watkins, a 5-foot-11 senior from New York, did not practice with the team on Monday. He scored 11 points and had five assists in last Saturday's 82-52 loss at Fresno State.

As a junior, Watkins earned honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference recognition after averaging 14.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds for the Utes. He transferred to Utah after leading Howard College (Texas) to the NJCAA championship, earning tournament MVP honors along the way.

The Utes (1-6) are off to the worst start in program history. They've lost six straight entering Wednesday's home game against Cal State Fullerton.

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