Posted on: October 13, 2010 8:24 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 8:29 pm

Baylor's Dunn reinstated to school

Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn is free to return to classes because his suspension from school was lifted at an on-campus hearing late Wednesday, a source close to the program told CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is forthcoming.

Dunn remains indefinitely suspended from the basketball team because of last week's felony charge stemming from a domestic dispute with the mother of his child. It's unclear when Baylor coach Scott Drew will lift that suspension or if Dunn will miss games. But Wednesday's development means the All-America candidate shouldn't become an academic casualty for the second semester, meaning Dunn will be allowed to play for the Bears during the Big 12 season as long as Drew allows him to play for the Bears during the Big 12 season, if not sooner.

Dunn averaged 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds last season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:24 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 11:25 pm

Report: NCAA investigating Baylor

The NCAA has launched an investigation into Baylor coach Scott Drew and his men's basketball program because of the school's involvement in the recruitment of a high school player from Colombia, FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday night.

CBSSports.com has confirmed the story with multiple sources.

Drew could not immediately be reached for comment.

The development centers around the recruitment of Hanner Perea, a Class of 2012 prospect from Colombia who now plays at LaLumiere High in Indiana. According to the report, Baylor assistant Mark Morefield -- who was suspended from off-campus recruiting for phone violations this past summer -- sent "dozens" of text messages to Perea's AAU and high school coaches in July while they were coaching at sanctioned events, which is an NCAA violation. Among the texts was a message sent to LaLumiere coach Alan Huss that reportedly threatened to have Perea deported if the 6-foot-9 forward committed somewhere other than Baylor.

"I guarantee u if he does [commit to another school] he will be in Colombia for the spring and summer and next year," the text read, according to FoxSports.com. "Don’t forget it."

NCAA officials are expected at Baylor later this month.

The investigation is the latest dose of bad news for Baylor. The Bears' star guard, LaceDarius Dunn, was arrested last week and charged with felony assault because of a domestic dispute with the mother of his child. Dunn is currently suspended from classes. It's unclear if he'll ever play for Baylor again.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 1:01 pm

Thoughts on Dunn's girlfriend's statement

LaceDarius Dunn's girlfriend, Lacharlesia Edwards, released a statement Wednesday -- less than 24 hours after the Baylor star was arrested for aggravated assault against her and subsequently suspended indefinitely from the team. Here is her statement in full:

"My family and I are deeply disturbed about the misinformation and half truths that are being reported by media regarding the incident with my boyfriend. He has never struck me during our long term relationship. What happened on the night of September 27 was an accident and I went to the hospital for precautionary reasons. I never expressed any interest in pressing charges nor will I in the future press charges on this incident. I am fine and my jaw is not broken as is being reported. My family and I wish to put this situation behind us. Lace and I will continue our relationship and raising our son in a good environment. I respectfully request that the District Attorney's Office dismiss these charges, and further request that Baylor University lift their suspension."

-- Lacharlesla Edwards

Now, some thoughts:

  • Edwards' claim that Dunn has "never struck" her is obviously false. He hit her on Sept. 27. People can debate whether it was accidental or just a heat-of-the-moment thing or whatever. But this much is true: Dunn punched Edwards in the face last month. For what it's worth, I'm told by sources that there is no history of domestic violence between Dunn and Edwards. That's good news. But that doesn't mean what happened on Sept. 27 didn't happen on Sept. 27.
  • That Edwards "never expressed any interest in pressing charges" is irrelevant to this case because the police didn't need her to press charges. It's easier to convict with a victim who cooperates, of course. But Edward's cooperation was not neccessary to charge Dunn under Texas law.
  • Edwards' claim that she went to the hospital for "precautionary reasons" is untrue, according to sources. She went to the hospital because she needed medical attention, period. I don't know if her jaw is currently broken. But multiple sources told me Edwards' jaw was absolutely injured on that night, and that she definitely required medical attention. She might be back to normal now. But she wasn't normal on Sept. 27, I assure you.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 4:47 pm

Baylor's Dunn arrested for domestic violence

Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn, a likely preseason All-American, was charged with aggravated assault, family violence Tuesday because of a domestic dispute with a girlfriend, Sgt. Melvin Roseborough of the Waco (Texas) Police Department told CBSSports.com by phone.

Bears coach Scott Drew has indefinitely suspended Dunn.

The charge is a second-degree felony.

Roseborough told CBSSports.com that officers were called to Hillcrest Hospital to investigate an assault on Sept. 27. When police arrived, the victim, Lacharlesia Edwards, was suffering from a broken jaw caused by Dunn punching Edwards in the face, according to Roseborough.

Dunn turned himself into police Tuesday.

His bond was set at $12,500.

A source close to the situation told CBSSports.com that Edwards is not cooperating with investigators. But state law doesn't require the victim to cooperate, which is why police were able to file charges anyway, the source said.

Dunn averaged 19.6 points per game last seasont.

He helped the Bears make the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:28 am

Former FIU recruit commits to Auburn

Cedrick McAfee made headlines a few weeks back when he committed to Florida International.

He made more headlines Sunday by committing to ... Auburn.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Melrose High in Memphis pledged his allegiance during a weekend visit with first-year Auburn coach Tony Barbee, a former Memphis assistant who still has strong ties to the city. McAfee chose Auburn over Baylor and FIU. Scout.com ranks him 99th in the Class of 2011.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:13 pm

Texas adds fourth top 100 recruit

Texas added a fourth recruit to its class when in-state standout Jonathan Holmes announced at a Friday afternoon press conference that he is verbally committing to the Longhorns.

Scout.com ranks Holmes 69th nationally in the Class of 2011.

The 6-foot-8 power forward chose Texas over reported interest from Baylor, Purdue, and Texas A&M. He joins Myck Kabongo (No. 9 at Scout.com), Sheldon McClellan (No. 35 at Scout.com) and Julien Lewis (No. 89 at Scout.com) as prospects who plan to sign with Texas next month.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:59 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 12:01 pm

Arkansas lands fourth top 100 recruit

Rashad 'Ky' Madden, a consensus top 50 national recruit in the Class of 2011, announced Wednesday morning that he plans to play college basketball at Arkansas.

Madden, a senior at East Poinsett County High in Arkansas, chose the Hogs over offers from Ole Miss and Baylor.

The 6-foot-5 guard is ranked 43rd nationally by MaxPreps.com. He's the fourth top 100 prospect to commit to Arkansas. The others are No. 49 B.J. Young, No. 55 Hunter Mickelson and No. 90 Aaron Ross.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 1:44 pm

Another elite recruit ready to commit

Rashad 'Ky' Madden, a consensus top 30 national recruit, will announce his college decision Wednesday morning.

Madden is a 6-foot-5 wing and senior at East Poinsett County High in Arkansas.

He visited Ole Miss this past weekend and is reportedly set to choose between Ole Miss, Baylor and Arkansas.
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