Wake Forest Suspends Devin Thomas, Dismisses Cornelius Hudson

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016

Feb 2, 2016; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Devin Thomas (2) reacts to a call in the second half against the Clemson Tigers at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Clemson defeated Wake Forest 76-62. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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The Wake Forest University basketball team suspended leading scorer Devin Thomas two games and dismissed sophomore forward Cornelius Hudson from the program for violations of an "undisclosed athletic department policy," according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). 

Demon Deacons head coach Danny Manning said Thomas and Hudson "have had lapses of judgment, and hopefully they will learn from this," per the Associated Press. 

Although Wake Forest (10-16, 1-13) has struggled mightily this season, Thomas has been one of the team's few bright spots. 

Through 26 games, the senior forward is averaging team-high marks of 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. In fact, Thomas is one of just 16 players in the country averaging at least 15 points and 10 rebounds this season, per Sports-Reference.com

Hudson was averaging just 7.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 34 percent from the field, but he's been a key rotational body who's played 23.1 minutes per game. 

Considering the Demon Deacons have lost 11 straight games and have a winnable contest looming on Sunday against Boston College, Thomas' absence could severely hinder Wake Forest's quest of snapping out of its serious funk.