N.C. State earned itself a solid ACC home win over Syracuse on Wednesday night as the Wolfpack gave themselves another solid NCAA tournament booster.
But more importantly, they were without three players on the bench on Wednesday for various reasons. Guards Eric Lockett and Blake Harris, members of the N.C. State rotation, both were absent while transfer big man Sacha Killeya-Jones was also not at the game.
On Thursday morning, WRAL reported that Lockett had been arrested for allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend in the face on Tuesday night. Details about the incident that led to the arrest are still unclear. Lockett’s ex-girlfriend told police that he threatened to kill her, but that she did not police the threat to be serious and that it was made after she punched and kicked Lockett.
Following the win on Wednesday night, Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts gave some answers on Killeya-Jones and Harris, although it provided minimal clarity on what is actually happening.
Killeya-Jones, sitting out this season after transferring from Kentucky due to NCAA transfer policy, was mentioned by Keatts as “currently not a member of our program” as that’s all he would say on the subject. Keatts also didn’t elaborate on the absences of Lockett and Harris, as Lockett missed due to personal reasons while Harris had an illness.