Charlotte 49ers forward Shamari Spears, a transfer from Boston College, has been suspended for Friday's season opener against UNC Asheville.
Spears is serving a one-game suspension for a a violation of an unspecified team rule, school officials said.
The 49ers will now be without at least three players for Friday's opener. Freshman Gohkan Sirin must serve a NCAA-mandated one-game suspension for participating in a professional club team and junior forward An'Juan Wilderness will miss 2 to 4 weeks due to a calf injury.
Senior point guard DiJuan Harris, who sprained his ankle in practice last week, is probably for Friday's game.
Spears, a 6-6, 245-pound forward, is expected to give Charlotte a dominant inside presence this season. He had 26 points, four rebounds and was 12-for-12 from the free throw line in Charlotte's 91-70 exhibition win over Johnson C. Smith.
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