Utah State announced this afternoon that forward Jarred Shaw has been reinstated to the team and will be eligible to play immediately, after being suspended five games for a violation of team rules. The Aggies next game is this Saturday at home against San Jose State.
In mid-December, Utah State was hit with a blow when Shaw was charged on distribution of a controlled substance, with the charge being a second-degree felony. Playing without Shaw, the Aggies managed to go 4-1, but suffered a bad loss against Air Force this past Wednesday in their Mountain West opener.
In a statement released by the school, Utah State head coach Stew Morrill said:
There has been lots of speculation and untrue rumors regarding Jarred. Jarred Shaw is a student-athlete who graduates this spring and who made a mistake. This was his first offense and he has served his penalty by missing five games. We will go forward from here, and our team is certainly excited to have Jarred back.
For the season, Shaw is averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
Less than two weeks ago Utah State announced that leading scorer and rebounder Jarred Shaw was suspended indefinitely, and on Saturday afternoon a possible reason for the suspension was made public.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Shaw was charged on Friday with distribution of a controlled substance, with the charge being a second-degree felony. Other charges include a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In connection with the case, an underaged girl was referred to juvenile court.
Shaw, who was averaging 16.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game when head coach Stew Morrill suspended him from the team, has missed three games for the Aggies. Utah State has beaten Western Illinois, UCSB and Troy, and they were picked to finish fifth in the Mountain West in the league’s preseason poll.
Utah State suffered a big blow on Monday, as the school announced that leading scorer and rebounder Jarred Shaw has been suspended indefinitely.
Shaw was averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.4 blocks. He was shooting 54.3% from the floor and 87.1% from the line as a 6-foot-10 center. He’s really good and he’s really valuable, and he’ll be out for a while for the Aggies.
Utah State is 6-2 this season, having lost to BYU and Pacific at home with wins over USC, Mississippi State and at Santa Barbara. They play three games in three days beginning on Thursday, as the Aggies host Western Illinois, Santa Barbara and Troy. The game against Santa Barbara is the one to take notice of. Without Shaw, it will be tough for Utah State to matchup with Alan Williams inside.