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Updated Jan 12, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Keala King gives 'statement' on twitter

Arizona State's Keala King and Southern Miss's Neil Watson try and control a loose ball during the first half of their NCAA basketball game Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in Tempe.(AP Photo/Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

It's been five days since Arizona State head basketball coach Herb Sendek dismissed his leading scorer and assist man Keala King from the squad.

King, along with fellow sophomore Kyle Cain and junior Chris Colvin, was suspended for last weekend's trip to Los Angeles for "unacceptable conduct".

Following the trip, Sendek made the decision to dismiss King from the team, despite ASU's 5-10 record and lack of depth at the point guard position, where King had been starting, admittedly out of position.

On Thursday, as his former teammates prepare for their Pac- 12 home opener against Oregon, King has finally issued a statement, sort of.

King tweeted Thursday morning, the first we've heard from the sophomore.

At his weekly press conference Wednesday, Sendek talked at length about the decision to boot King off the team.

I just think that it's important, regardless of circumstances, that we maintain certain standards and expectations. We spent a lot of time together and in the final analysis it just seemed to me that it made great sense for our program and for Keala, that he have a new beginning. That's never an easy decision when you're wrestling with a young man's future. That's an agonizing process. But being as close to the situation as I was, on a daily basis it became fairly clear to me that it would benefit our program and, just as important, that it would benefit Keala to have a new beginning. Standards and expectations are important for us and they're also important for him.

King had been averaging 13.7 points and 3.3 assists per game this season after averaging only 3.7 points per contest as a freshman last season.


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