SIU's Antonio Bryer leaps through the air for a dunk during Maroon Madness at SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill. on Saturday, October 20, 2012. (Joel Hawksley / The Southern)

CARBONDALE - SIU's bizarre men's basketball season took another turn earlier today ,when Saluki coach Barry Hinson announced forward Antonio Bryer had been reinstated to the team and could play Wednesday night at Western Kentucky.

Bryer, a 6-foot-6, 218-pound sophomore, left the team Monday, according to a news release from the school, for what were described as personal reasons. He started three of four games this season for the Salukis and averaged five points and two rebounds per game. The transfer from Fishburne Military School in Virginia shot 62.5 percent from the field this year and was expected to be an inside presence for the Salukis (4-1).

Bryer played 68 minutes, total, last season as a freshman. This year he has played 60 minutes in four games.

Hinson said Monday he, Bryer and Bryer's mother all decided it was best for Bryer to leave the team earlier this week. Earlier today, Hinson said Bryer called him late last night and asked to come back.

"Antonio Bryer called me last night, along with his mother, and informed me last evening late that he made a mistake, and that he would like to be back with the program and be a part of this team," Hinson said at a news conference earlier today. "I have visited with his mother. I have visited with him, at length, and we think it's the best thing for our program at this time to allow him to come back and be a part of this family."

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Bryer will make the trip to Western Kentucky (6-2) later tonight, Hinson said, and could play Wednesday night in Bowling Green, Ky.

Efforts to reach Bryer on Monday night were unsuccessful.


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