Oklahoma State has suspended center Philip Jurick from its men’s basketball team after he pleaded not guilty to marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession charges Monday, the Associated Press is reporting.
The 6-11, 270-pound Jurick was charged with the misdemeanors Monday and entered his plea, set to appear in court again on Aug. 20.
Oklahoma State is readying itself for an overseas trip to Spain, a trip that head coach Travis Ford said Jurick will not be making in light of his suspension. According to the Associated Press, a final verdict on his standing with the team will be determined when more information about the case is available.
This past season, Jurick averaged 1.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his year with the Cowboys. He is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn.
He began his college career at Tennessee, where he redshirted his freshman season. He then transferred to Chattanooga State. He played two seasons there, including a sophomore season where he was named an NJCAA Second Team All-American.
For Oklahoma State, this is the second bit of major news tied to the legal system in recent weeks, as another suspended player, forward Darrell Williams, was convicted on charges of sexual battery and rape by instrumentation. He had been suspended from the team since February of 2011.
The Cowboys finished this past season with an overall record of 15-18, including 7-11 in the Big 12.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.