Pelphrey happy for Beverley but looking to future

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas coach John Pelphrey says he's "excited" for Patrick Beverley after the former Razorback was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft last week.

Beverley, who played two seasons for the Razorbacks, said recently that someone wrote a paper for him while he was at Arkansas. He also made comments that implicated teammates, but later backed off those statements.

On Monday, Pelphrey showed no animosity toward Beverley, who was suspended from the Razorbacks last August and left to play for a Ukrainian team.

Beverley was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Miami Heat acquired him in a trade.

Arkansas struggled after Beverley's departure, winning only two Southeastern Conference games last season. The Razorbacks return all five starters next season.

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