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Arkansas State’s leading scorer charged with assaulting a police officer

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Anthony Livingston was arrested on Thursday night after a run-in with police outside of a hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Livingston, the sophomore forward for the Arkansas State men’s basketball team, was charged with second-degree assault after punching a police officer in the throat. Troy Schulte of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on Saturday that the blow left the officer with a broken hyoid bone.

Arkansas State head coach John Brady issued this statement following the incident:

“Anthony Livingston has been an exemplary member of our basketball team during his time here. He is an excellent student, a pleasure to coach and has been a positive representative of the university. This recent incident involving him is totally out of character for who I know this young man to be.

“There are times when we need to evaluate all the personal reasons why a young man could possibly react in a way inconsistent with his previous behavior. I support every effort we have in order to find out the reasons for his behavior and then proceed to place the proper discipline or care he may need.”

Police do not know why Livingston was outside the St. Bernard’s Behavioral Health Unit, which is not far from the Arkansas State campus, but responded to a call after he had become “irate”. Livingston must undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation. He is due back in court on June 29.

Livingston averaged 15.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game for the Red Wolves this past season. The 6-foot-9 forward recorded 15 double-doubles and was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as a sophomore.

Arkansas State announces addition of former Kent State guard

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Arkansas State head coach John Brady, who has eight players on his current roster with playing experience at the junior college level, announced the addition of another such player Thursday afternoon. Devin Carter, who played sparingly at Kent State in 2013-14 after beginning his career at Lake Land College in Illinois, has joined the Arkansas State program. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming 2014-15 season.

The question for Arkansas State is which player will they get: the one who put together a very productive freshman year at Lake Land, or the one who couldn’t crack Rob Senderoff’s rotation and played in just 13 games in 2013-14?

At Lake Land, Carter averaged 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, shooting 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc. Carter reached double figures in 23 of the 28 games he played at Lake Land, including a 31-point effort in a loss at Vincennes College on February 6, 2013. With a season to sharpen his skills and help the Red Wolves on the scout team, maybe Carter can get back to that level.

“Devin is a very versatile player who can play any perimeter position,” Brady said in the release announcing Carter’s arrival.  “He’s an extremely good passer and can drive it to the goal.  Devin is a good enough perimeter shooter to keep a defender honest.”

There are no seniors on the current Arkansas State roster, meaning that Carter will have competition for minutes when he becomes eligible to play in games next year (2015-16). Arkansas State enters the 2014-15 season needing to account for the loss of their top three scorers from last season, with Melvin Johnson III (15.2 ppg), Kirk Van Slyke (14.9) and Kendrick Washington (10.1) all having moved on.

Arkansas State adds JuCo guard C.J. Foster to round out 2014 recruiting class

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Arkansas State is coming off of back-to-back 19-win seasons under head coach John Brady and the Red Wolves added an experienced combo guard late this week when junior college guard C.J. Foster committed to the program. The school announced the addition of Foster in a release.

A 6-foot-3 native of Georgia, Foster played for Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee last season and averaged 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Foster shot 47 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line in 22 games last season.

Foster will have three years of eligibility remaining at Arkansas State.

“We are pleased C.J. has decided to join the Arkansas State men’s basketball program,” Brady said in the release. “He’s a combination-type guard with good size. C.J. can shoot it well from the three-point line and can make a play off the dribble. He’s an excellent student and is a great addition to our team.”

Foster should offset the loss of senior guard Ed Townsel as Arkansas State adds an eight-man recruiting class for the 2014-15 season.