Xavier basketball player Trevon Bluiett was arrested at 3:30 pm on Monday, according to USA Today Sports.
USA Today cited Hamilton County Jail records which alleged that Bluiett was in possession of marijuana, hash oil or hashish, for which he was booked.
Bluiett saw his name rise in prominence and circulation as his performance throughout Xavier’s season helped him rise as one of the Big East’s top players. Having averaged double digits in scoring the last three seasons, he averaged 18.5 points per game as a junior last season.
“We are aware of the story and are looking into it,” Xavier spokesman Tom Eiser said in a text message.
Having declared for the draft, but not having signed an agent, makes Bluiett’s decision much more difficult. Bluiett wasn’t considered a can’t miss prospect prior to the incident, and this won’t do him any favors.
While some projected he would go late in the second round, several experts expected him to fall out of the draft entirely. Adding what GM’s generally refer to as a “character flaw,” makes it all the more difficult to justify drafting Trevon Bluiett.
The winner in this scenario? Xavier. They’re likely to return a star player, now with something to prove.