Wake Forest’s Mitchell Wilbekin suspended up to six games


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest says guard Mitchell Wilbekin has been suspended for up to six games because of an undisclosed NCAA violation.

School officials made the announcement about two hours before the Demon Deacons’ game against Florida on Saturday in Sunrise, Florida.

Athletic director Ron Wellman says the school will appeal because “we believe in Mitchell Wilbekin” and do not agree with the length of the penalty or the violation.

School officials also say two freshmen — forward Cornelius Hudson and guard Rondale Watson — won’t play against the Gators because of conduct detrimental to the team.

Wilbekin is the younger brother of 2014 Southeastern Conference player of the year Scottie Wilbekin of Florida. He’s a 43 percent shooter from 3-point range and has averaged 7.6 points in 10 games with seven starts.