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CINCINNATI (AP) _ Center B.J. Grove rejoined Cincinnati as a walk-on Monday, giving the Bearcats some depth at their weakest position.

Grove left the team in September for personal reasons, the latest development in a troubled career. He re-enrolled and decided to play basketball again, even though he had lost his scholarship.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound junior was suspended from the team in June 2000 after he was charged with beating and throwing bottles at his pregnant girlfriend. He was acquitted of the domestic violence charge after his girlfriend refused to testify.

Even though he was reinstated to the team, he was out of condition and overweight when the basketball season began. As Donald Little's backup, he averaged only 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds through December.

Grove got back into shape through daily 30-minute workouts in addition to practice, and wound up starting 21 games. He averaged 7.3 points and 5 rebounds in Cincinnati's three NCAA tournament games.

Conference USA suspended Grove for one game for throwing an elbow at Alabama-Birmingham's LeAndrew Bass during the conference tournament last March. Grove planned to serve the suspension Monday night against Toledo.