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UNLV lifts suspension for redshirt junior guard Daquan Cook

Cook was arrested on a DUI count in November and hasn’t played for the Rebels since March 2014

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Daquan Cook is shown during the Rebels’ first basketball practice of the season at Mendenhall Center on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at UNLV.

UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has officially been cleared and is eligible for the first time all season following a November arrest on a count of driving under the influence, UNLV officials confirmed today.

UNLV coach Dave Rice suspended Cook for at least all of the nonconference season after Cook was pulled over and arrested early Nov. 1. The plan was to reevaluate his situation during the break between semesters, and both Rice and Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy determined Cook had done enough to earn his way back.

"He made great progress academically — he's on schedule to graduate at the end of the year — he's practiced with us and he's done a good job," Rice said Monday.

The Rebels (9-4) begin Mountain West play at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Fresno State at the Thomas & Mack Center. That could be Cook's debut, although as a third point guard off the bench, his minutes will vary game to game. UNLV anticipates this game will be the return of Stephen Zimmerman Jr., too, who on Monday practiced with the team for the first time since the Arizona loss following a lingering thigh injury.

Cook, a redshirt junior from Baltimore, hasn't played for UNLV since March 14, 2014. Over his first two seasons, Cook appeared in 53 games (including two starts) while averaging 1.2 points in 6.5 minutes per game. Cook then redshirted during the 2014-15 season, and he's been the primary scout-team point guard during his suspension.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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