James Mazyck, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 1990-91, has been suspended for five games by Coppin State basketball coach Fang Mitchell, who also dismissed reserve forward Marcus Hammond from the team.
Mitchell said that the Eagles had disciplinary problems at both of their practice sessions Friday. Hammond was dismissed by Mitchell for "missing practice and conduct detrimental to the team.
"Guys weren't working hard, and they just didn't have the desire to work any harder," Mitchell said. "There's a lack of leadership on the team."
Hammond, a 6-foot-6 senior from Camden, N.J., had 75 points and 72 rebounds in his first three seasons with the Eagles, but was averaging 3.7 points and 2.5 rebounds this year as one of the top frontcourt reserves.
A 6-7 sophomore, Mazyck is averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. He became Coppin State's point guard when Larry Yarbray, the program's all-time assist leader, was suspended for three games by Mitchell earlier this season.
The Eagles open their MEAC schedule Thursday at home against South Carolina State. Mazyck will miss three MEAC and two non-conference games, but should return for a Jan. 15 game against Lincoln.
Coppin State announced the moves last night, at the same time adding sophomore center Coleman Scott, who went to Oakland Mills High, and freshman guard Marcus Robinson to the roster. Both transferred to Coppin State in the spring and were not eligible to play in the fall semester.