Senior guard Damon Orlando of El Camino Real High, suspended from the basketball team in December after shouting profanity at the coach, has been reinstated and will play in today's Valley League game at Hamilton.
Orlando, who averaged 12.6 points in the team's first five games, has missed El Camino Real's past seven games in the wake of a shouting incident in the North Hollywood tournament on Dec. 18. During the second quarter of the team's 68-40 loss to North Hollywood, Orlando reportedly directed a profane remark at Coach Mike McNulty.
"He's done everything we've asked of him during the suspension," assistant Jeff Davis said Thursday.
As part of an agreement with coaches, Orlando has attended all practices, working out apart from teammates. Orlando, a two-year starter, also has attended each game and improved his attendance at school. His reinstatement was conditional on meeting those requirements.
"We're satisfied that he's improved his attitude," Davis said. "Now he just has to keep it up and follow the team rules."