URBANA, Ill. (AP) Illinois basketball player Leron Black has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault after threatening a bouncer at a campus bar and has been sentenced to a year of probation.
Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Thursday plea that Black was a candidate for probation because he took responsibility for the crime and had no prior record. The 20-year-old Black avoided jail time and the felony assault charge he faced after his Feb. 19 arrest.
Coach John Groce suspended Black after the arrest. A team spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about Black’s status.
Black is one of three Illini players arrested this year.
Juniors Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn have both pleaded not guilty to domestic assault charges stemming from separate incidents in March.
On the day that Stony Brook introduced longtime Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals as the basketball program’s new head coach, it was reported that two members of their NCAA tournament team were brought up on criminal charges regarding an incident that occurred April 6.
According to the New York Post forward Rayshaun McGrew and guard DeShaun Thrower have been charged with third degree grand larceny and third degree criminal mischief after breaking into a Stony Brook student’s car and stealing his $5,000 tax refund.
Queens resident Jevreel Miller, 23, said the college ballers were rummaging through his car on campus as he walked toward it on April 6. He said the two men took off as he approached and that he pursued them on foot while calling campus cops.
When police arrived, he drove around in their patrol car until he was able to identify McGrew, who told cops the second man was his teammate Thrower, according to Miller.
McGrew was a senior on this season’s team, which lost to Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Thrower, who played just over eight minutes per game, will be a junior next season.
Illinois forward Leron Black, who has missed the last 19 games due to a knee injury, landed in hot water early Friday morning as he was arrested at a Champaign nightclub according to the Champaign News-Gazette.
Per the report Black threatened a bouncer after he and some other patrons were removed from the club. Black reportedly took umbrage with the way in which he and his group were treated, ultimately leading to the confrontation with the bouncer. Black was found to have a folding knife, resulting in his being charged with felony aggravated assault.
[University of Illinois Police Lt. Tom] Geis said the security guard told police that Black and others were inside the club and that security was trying to remove people when “Black became very belligerent and hostile toward the security guard,” Geis said.
“(Black) yelled ‘I don’t have a strap but I’m not afraid to cut somebody,’ ” Geis said. “Then the security guard said he pulled the knife, opened it and put it within 1 to 2 inches of his nose.”
Black could face anywhere from probation to 1-3 years in prison as a result of this charge. Illinois announced Friday that Black has been suspended indefinitely as the legal process plays out. With the many injuries they’ve had to deal with, this hasn’t been a smooth season for John Groce’s team. And this latest issue certainly doesn’t help matters moving forward.
Back in May 2014 Brandon Austin was one of three players dismissed from the Oregon basketball program for their roles in an alleged sexual assault. While no charges were filed in the incident, the details of the full report on the case were such that the school decided to part ways with Austin, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson.
This would be the second time that Austin left a program under such circumstances, as he was given a year-long suspension at Providence (and ultimately decided to transfer) for his involvement in another sexual assault investigation that did not result in either he or then-teammate Rodney Bullock being charged.
While Artis (UTEP) and Dotson (Houston) have found new schools at which to play, Austin hasn’t been able to find a new Division I program to call home. And on Thursday it was reported by The Oregonian that Austin has filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against the University of Oregon, former school president Michael R. Gottfredson, Oregon director of Student Conduct & Community Standards Sandy Weintraub, assistant dean of students Chicora Martin and vice president of student life Robin Holmes.
While harm to his professional prospects is one of the reasons cited in the suit, Austin is also arguing that his rights were violated in the process that ultimately led to his dismissal (and 10-year ban from campus).
The suit claims that prior to his expulsion, Austin was “outrageously suspended” from the university and that his rights were violated when the defendants “refused to (among other things) allow Mr. Austin to subpoena witnesses who would be supportive of his defense, refused to provide unredacted reports, refused to provide a contested case hearing, refused to allow cross-examination, and otherwise refused to provide the due process required by the United States Constitution and applicable laws.”
The suit also claims that Holmes refused to respond to Austin’s requests for an appeal and wouldn’t return multiple phone calls from Austin’s counsel “in violation of Mr. Austin’s right to procedural and substantive due process.”
After being dismissed from the Oregon program Austin played at Northwest Florida State College last season, helping the team win an NJCAA national title. However the on-court success did not result in another chance at the Division I level due to the off-court issues.
Friday it was reported by the Indianapolis Star that a former Indiana player was on the receiving end of some good news regarding the citation that led to his dismissal from the program. Forward Devin Davis, whose tumultuous time at IU came to an end shortly after he was cited for marijuana possession, won’t be charged as the citation has been dropped.
Davis was one of two players in an Indiana dorm room, with Hanner Mosquera-Perea present but not cited. Both players would ultimately be dismissed from the program, with Davis landing at Odessa JC in Texas and Mosquera-Perea at East Tennessee State.
Davis spent two seasons at Indiana but did not play in a game last season, sitting out after suffering a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car driven by then-teammated Emmitt Holt (who was recently dismissed from the program himself). Holt was not charged in that incident as he was found to not be at fault, but he was suspended for four games by Indiana head coach Tom Crean.
Thursday afternoon the Boise State basketball program announced that guard Dezmyn Trent had been dismissed from the team due to an “incident in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington.” And according to a report from the Idaho Statesman, the incident in question is a very serious one.
Per the report Trent has been booked on a felony charge of drive-by shooting.
A Lakewood spokesman told the Idaho Statesman that Trent was among four men arrested after shootings at approximately 6 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex. Nearly 30 shots were fired in the alleged incidents, which police believed to be gang-related. No one was injured and no charges have been filed.
The 6-foot-4 Trent didn’t see much playing time last season for the Broncos, who won a share of the Mountain West regular season title and reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three years. Trent played in 11 games in 2014-15, with just one of those appearances (a 50-point win over San Jose State January 21) coming after January 15.
And despite the loss of Mountain West Player of the Year Derrick Marks, finding more playing time appeared to be tough for Trent heading into the 2015-16 season. Anthony Drmic, who missed most of last season due to injury, Mikey Thompson and Montigo Alford are among the returnees, with Boise State also adding grad student Lonnie Jackson (from Boston College) and freshmen Paris Austin and Malek Harwell to the mix on the perimeter.
Trent was suspended for the team’s first three games of the 2014-15 season due to a violation of team rules.