Published Monday, May 16, 2011 | 10:30 a.m.
Updated Monday, May 16, 2011 | 3 p.m.
For the second year in a row, the offseason for the UNLV men's basketball program now includes a significant legal issue to deal with.
Senior forward Chace Stanback, who is the Rebels' leading returning scorer and rebounder, was arrested Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence in Las Vegas.
According to Metro Police spokesman Jay Rivera, the stop came at 2:23 a.m. at the intersection of Colby Ave. and Swenson St. — in the shadows of the Thomas & Mack Center and just a few blocks from his off-campus residence near Swenson and Flamingo. Stanback was pulled over for speeding, and also failed to provide proof of insurance.
Stanback is out of custody and scheduled to appear in court to face charges on Aug. 11.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Los Angeles transferred to UNLV in the summer of 2008 after spending one year at UCLA. Last season, he tailed off some after a hot start, but still averaged 13 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game. By several accounts, he has impressed so far in team workouts run by first-year coach Dave Rice and his staff.
Rice said that he will be looking into the matter further this week before taking disciplinary action. It's a major test for the first-time head coach just over a month into his tenure.
"We do know that there was an incident, and we are trying to determine when it happened and what transpired," Rice said Monday morning.
Stanback is in town for the start of the first session of summer classes, which begin today. He's had an incident-free three years in Vegas, for the most part. He was suspended for the first half of both exhibition games last season by former coach Lon Kruger as a result of academic issues.
Last June, UNLV guard Tre'Von Willis was arrested following a domestic dispute in Henderson. He ultimately reached a plea agreement in September and was suspended by Kruger for the first four games of the season, including two exhibition contests.
For more on this story as it develops, stay tuned to lasvegassun.com/rebels.
Sun reporter Jackie Valley contributed to this report.