Darius Paul has again been suspended by John Groce, and the junior forward's status with the team will be "evaluated."
Groce announced Saturday morning that Paul has been suspended indefinitely and has been sent home from the team's ongoing European trip.
"Darius has been suspended indefinitely after violating team rules during our trip," Groce said in Saturday's announcement. "We have specific standards of behavior for every member of our team, and when those expectations are not met, there are consequences. Darius is returning home immediately, and we will evaluate his status with the team following our return to Champaign."
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This is the second time Groce has suspended Paul, the younger brother of former Illini guard Brandon Paul.
Paul transferred to Illinois following the 2012-13 season, when he was the MAC Freshman of the Year at Western Michigan. While sitting out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules, Paul failed a pair of drug tests and was arrested in April 2014. Groce suspended Paul for the following season, and Paul left Illinois to play Lamar State-Port Arthur, a junior college in Texas. He returned to the Illini this offseason.
Paul, who was on the European trip but not playing due to injury, figured to play a prominent role for the Illini this season. The 6-foot-8 forward is one of the Illini's biggest players, and they need someone to step up in the size-and-rebounding department following the graduation of Nnanna Egwu.