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Heytvelt and Davis reinstated to GU basketball team

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SPOKANE, Wash. - At a Gonzaga University press conference held Friday, Atheletic Director Mike Roth and Coach Mark Few announced that Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis have been officially reinstated to the men's basketball team despite their arrest for drugs in February.

During the conference both players apologized to the community, their team, their coaches, and the university, saying they're ready to put the past behind them and move ahead.

Roth said the university was pleased to make the announcement, stressing that both players were treated as students first and foremost, rather than just atheletes. He said they'd both done an excellent job getting back into good standing with the university.

Kassi Kain with the Student Life Office said the university worked with both men, helping them appreciate the Gonzaga way, restore lost community faith, and get through the legal process.

Coach Few, who was initially against the decision to reinstate the players said the experience was a positive thing for him as well, and that "the easy route would have been to cut the guys loose."

Few said the players "had alot of markers they needed to hit, from community service to drug testing," but that the biggest thing on his mind was their interaction with the rest of the team.

"No one is bigger than the program, but the guys have done an amazing job handling their business."

Watch the full, unedited press conference at KHQ.com.