Head coach Shaka Smart and Virginia Commonwealth announced early yesterday morning that starting point guard Briante Weber has been suspended for the team’s season opener against Tennessee and an exhibition game. The punishments were laid down after Weber reportedly violated a team rule.
The Richmond Times Dispatch uncovered police reports stating Weber had been charged with misdemeanor petit larceny. The incident occurred on July 24 when Weber allegedly stole an iPhone 5 from someone in the school’s Cary Street Gym. The hearing for the charge will take place on September 25.
Weber, a senior, averaged 9.4 points, 3.9 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game during his junior campaign and is among the nation’s best defensive guards, recording 3.5 steals per contest last season. VCU was a five-seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and is consistently a sleeper pick when March rolls around.