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Illini's Paul to play at Texas community college

Instead of sitting out two consecutive seasons, Darius Paul will play at a Texas community college next season after being suspended from the Illinois basketball team.

Paul was suspended for the upcoming year at Illinois after an arrest, which coach John Groce described as one of "multiple transgressions" by Paul. Paul sat out last season after transferring from Western Michigan as a Mid-American Conference freshman of the year.

He will be eligible to play immediately at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

Paul was arrested last month and pleaded guilty to underage drinking. A charge of obstructing an officer while resisting arrest was dropped as part of his plea.

Paul, the younger brother of former Illini guard Brandon Paul, told police officers that he had failed two drug tests at Illinois for taking marijuana.

“Lamar State-Port Arthur is the perfect fit for Darius," Groce said in a news release.  "In speaking with Darius and his family, I know they are determined to take full advantage of this opportunity he has in Texas. I am confident that Darius will grow as a person, student and player during his time at the college. Illini Nation is behind him.”

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