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UNLV guard Bryce Dejean Jones reacts after a play during their Mountain West Conference game against Colorado State Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 78-70.

UNLV junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will rejoin the team after a four-day suspension, Dave Rice said today.

Dejean-Jones, the team’s leading scorer and a third-team All-Mountain West pick, was suspended Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team. He didn’t practice with the team or travel to Saturday’s game at UNR.

Rice had said that he would meet with Dejean-Jones today to revisit the guard’s status heading into this week’s Mountain West tournament. The Rebels earned the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 seed Wyoming at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

UNLV also gets another starter back today in junior forward Roscoe Smith, who missed two games after suffering a concussion at Air Force. Rice said Smith will return to practice today and is expected to be available this week. Smith was an honorable mention selection by the Mountain West.

With their absence on Saturday, UNLV blew a 17-point lead and lost by four against the Wolf Pack.

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