Judkins actions disappointing

Garland Judkins has been suspended indefinitely from the Arizona men's basketball program, which is a disappointing distraction to a team which seemed to be playing as well anyone in the country prior to the Wildcats' 70-68 loss to Arizona State on Sunday.

Garland Judkins has been suspended indefinitely from the Arizona men's basketball program, which is a disappointing distraction to a team which seemed to be playing as well anyone in the country prior to the Wildcats' 70-68 loss to Arizona State on Sunday.

Judkins and fellow freshman D.J. Shumpert were involved in an altercation at the rec center early last week, which led to his third suspension of the season.

His mother told the Arizona Daily Star that her son is getting a bad rap.

"I don't have anything negative to say about (UA coaches), but I want people to know my child is not a thug," she said.

However, it's tough to get draw the conclusion that Russ Pennell is picking on Judkins. The only reason he's at Arizona is because Pennell found him in the summer and convinced Lute Olson to sign him.

Olson agreed and Pennell played Judkins in the early season, giving him playing time over Kyle Fogg and Brendon Lavender, who were both more highly touted coming out of high school.

Then the off the court issues began to surface and Judkins accumulated three suspensions.

He told the Star he plans on staying at Arizona. Hopefully he's telling the truth, because it's tough to believe he'll have better opportunities elsewhere.

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