Virginia suspends starting point guard, reserve forward for season opener

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Virginia begins the season next Friday, but will do so without its starting point guard and one of its reserve big men, as Tony Bennett announced that he had suspended London Perrantes and Evan Nolte for two exhibition games and the Nov. 14 opener at James Madison.

The school released a statement on Friday evening, citing both players had violated team rules back in the summer.

Perrantes started 33 games last season as a freshman, averaging 5.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game en route to all-ACC freshman team honors. His starting spot agains the Dukes will likely be filled by Devon Hall, a 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman. Nolte, who was arrested and charged two months ago with being drunk in public, saw an average 9.3 minutes per game.

The Dukes will be without a pair of players as well. Last month, James Madison suspended leading scorer Andre Nation for the first five games of the regular season and sophomore forward Tom Vodanovich for the first two regular season contests.

Perrantes and Nolte will both make their season debut on Nov. 16 in the team’s home opener against Norfolk State. College Basketball Talk ranked Virginia, the reigning ACC regular season and tournament champion, No. 6 in the country to begin the season.

Virginia forward arrested on Sunday with a classic mugshot (PHOTO)

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Virginia forward Evan Nolte was arrested over the weekend and charged with being drunk in public.

The rising junior, who averaged 2.8 points this past season as a redshirt sophomore, is 20 years old.

According to the police report obtained by, he was stopped around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning. Nolte told officers he had had about eight drinks. Officers tried to put him into a taxi, but he took off running instead. That’s when he was arrested.

Virginia released the following statement: “Coach Bennett is aware of the incident involving junior forward Evan Nolte early Sunday and is handling the matter internally at this time.”

Nolte has to be smarter here — when a cop officers to put you in a cab when you’re drunk and underage, you get into that cab — but at the end of the day, he is a college kid and college kids tend to do things like get drunk on Saturday night.

The real issue is the shirt that he is wearing. Is that Nick Nolte?