Receipt of improper benefits results in three-game suspensions for two Drake guards

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Drake will begin its 2014-15 season shorthanded, as it was announced Friday that seniors Gary Ricks Jr. and Karl Madison have been suspended for three games apiece. According to the Associated Press, the reason for the suspension is that both were found to have received impermissible benefits during the 2012-13 season.

Ricks is Drake’s leading returning scorer, as he accounted for 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14. As for Madison, he played an average of 16.0 minutes per game as a member of Drake’s perimeter rotation as season ago. Drake has to account for the loss of Richard Carter, who led the team in both scoring and assists in 2013-14.

Ricks and Madison will miss Drake’s games against Bowling Green (November 15), DePaul (November 18) and Western Michigan (November 22). Their first game back on the court will be Drake’s home matchup with IUPUI on November 25.