Iowa State had more off-the-court issues this week as former senior forward Dustin Hogue was charged with OWI and former walk-on Kourtlin Jackson, who intends to transfer, was charged with a class “D” felony assault and public intoxication, a misdemeanor.
Both arrests were reported by the Iowa State Daily, and Jackson’s assault charge is expected to be downgraded to assault causing bodily harm according to the Ames Tribune.
The arrests of Hogue and Jackson means that five different Cyclones from the 2014-15 roster have been arrested within the last 12 months. Abdel Nader and Matt Thomas were both suspended the first two games of the 2014-15 season after being arrested for OWI last offseason. Transfer wing Bryce Dejean-Jones was arrested in December for “hosting a drug house” (marijuana), “nuisance party regulations” and a “noise violation.” Charges against Dejean-Jones were later dropped, but he was still suspended for the Cyclones’ game against Iowa during the season.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg is recovering from successful heart surgery on Friday, so you can’t necessarily blame him for not closely watching over two (now former) players. But it highlights a disturbing trend of recent arrests among Iowa State basketball players and certainly isn’t a good look for their program.
Three players getting arrested after drinking and driving, in particular, highlights that the Cyclones aren’t stressing enough importance on that issue to its players.