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Akron point guard Alex Abreu pleads guilty to felony drug charges

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The legal saga for Akron point guard Alex Abreu has just about come to an end.

He pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony. Abreu was given a two-year suspended sentence, 18 months of probation and a $5,000 fine that was waived as he signed a poverty affidavit.

In short, Abreu got fairly lucky. Police caught him accepting a package that contained five pounds of weed back in early March, and he won’t be doing any jail time as long as he can keep his nose clean for a year and a half.

The worst part of his punishment may be that it ended his college basketball career. Abreu was arrested on March 7th and was subsequently suspended for the MAC tournament. The junior guard had been averaging 10.3 points and 6.0 assists for the Zips, who were 24-5 at the time and had already clinched a share of the MAC regular season title.

It’s unclear if Abreu will be allowed to return next year. The school released a statement saying: “Alex Abreu remains suspended indefinitely from the men’s basketball team following today’s verdict. Both the University of Akron and the department of athletics will review his case and will determine his status at a later date.”

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VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.