Posted on: February 10, 2010 11:23 am
Edited on: February 10, 2010 11:24 am
Remember the tall bank robber?
The one I wrote about last summer?
Well, he eventually signed with Utah State, and he was redshirting there this season. And you're not going to believe this, but he got into trouble again. No, Anthony DiLoreto did not rob another bank. But he did get caught with marijuana, and that's against the law. So DiLoreto was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and now he's suspended.
The lesson: It's hard to trust guys who try to rob banks.
They might say it was a big misunderstanding. But at the end of the day, they're still guys who tried to rob a bank, and bringing guys like that into your program probably won't go well. As proof, see DiLoreto. He's already been arrested again, and he never even played a game at Utah State. He'll go down as nothing but an embarrassment to the program, not even close to worth the trouble.
Posted on: September 1, 2009 3:23 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2009 3:24 pm
A few things happened while I was on vacation last week.
Rick Pitino held a strange news conference.
I'm sure you heard about that.
Billy Gillispie was charged with DUI.
I know you heard about that.
But something you might not have heard is that Anthony Diloreto enrolled at Utah State. If that name rings a bell, it's probably because you remember him from my July column . Yep, he was the prospect involved in the bank robbery. And now he's an Aggie.
"Anthony had no history of negative actions, and he comes from a wonderful family that is very supportive," Utah State's Stew Morrill said while announcing/defending the decision to bring Diloreto to campus. "He deserves this opportunity, and I am grateful to our administration for the trust they have in allowing us to recruit Anthony to Utah State."
Posted on: August 8, 2009 7:20 pm
A prospect from Minnesota facing charges stemming from a bank robbery has reached a plea deal that should allow him to accept a scholarship and continue his basketball career this season.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , Anthony DiLoreto has pleaded no contest to felony robbery in exchange for a deferred conviction. The paper reported that the robbery charge will be dismissed if DiLoreto's record remains free of criminal charges for the next year. To make that happen, DiLoreto agreed to pleed guilty to a felony charge of robbery and possession of burglarious tools.
Sentencing for that is in October.
DiLoreto is not expected to receive jail time for that charge.
As CBSSports.com reported last week , there were several mid-major and high-major coaches watching DiLoreto during the adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas last month. According to DiLoreto and multiple industry sources, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus offered the former Cal Poly signee a scholarship this summer, although it's unclear if that offer remains on the table.
DiLoreto is a 6-foot-11 center.
Police said he was the would-be getaway driver in the bank robbery.
Posted on: July 28, 2009 2:28 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2009 2:42 pm
Interesting observation from my pal Luke Winn over at SI.com.
"It was probably good [Anthony DiLoreto] didn't attempt to rob a U.S. Bank -- the official bank of Billiken athletics."
According to its website , "U.S. Bank is the 'Official Bank' of Saint Louis University Athletics, home of the Billikens. ... U.S. Bank has developed a special 'Billikens Checking' account which features Billikens Checks. "
So to recap ...
Anthony DiLoreto made a poor decision when he decided to help rob a bank . But once he made that poor decision, he made a good decision to rob a bank other than a U.S. Bank, because it would probably be difficult to get a scholarship offer from Saint Louis University less than a year after helping rob the "Official Bank" of Saint Louis University Athletics.
Or at least that's what I assume.
As it is, the scholarship offer from SLU stands.
Meantime, DiLoreto is due in court next week for a settlement hearing.
He has been charged with robbery of a financial institution and possession of a short-barreled rifle.
Both are felonies.
Posted on: July 28, 2009 1:19 am
I'm not sure if it's appropriate or classy.
But it's funny!
So click this link and checkout The Sporting Blog's take on my column about the prospect who has been offered a scholarship by Saint Louis despite the fact that he's still facing two felony charges for his role as the would-be getaway driver in a bank robbery. Nice GIF. Much appreciated.