Point guard Eric McClellan, Vanderbilt's leading scorer and one of eight scholarship players available this semester, was suspended for the rest of the season for violating university policy.
The Nashville Tennessean reported the sophomore is facing theft charges stemming from an Aug. 23 incident and a corresponding hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.
McClellan averaged 14.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Commodores before the suspension. He played in the first 12 games and sat out all of last season as a transfer from Tulsa.
"I take full responsibility for what has happened," McClellan said. "I look forward to returning to school this summer and of continuing my goal of earning a degree at Vanderbilt and playing basketball for this coaching staff and with these players."
McClellan and center Josh Henderson (knee injury) have been subtracted from coach Kevin Stallings' roster since the start of the season. Last offseason, four other players left the team.
McClellan is expected to return this summer, the school said in a statement.
"(He) will not be enrolled in school spring semester due to a violation of university academic policy. He is expected to be reinstated this summer," the statement read.