Kent Bazemore's college basketball career ended in detention, rather than at the Constant Center with his teammates and in front of thousands of supporters.
Bazemore was arrested shortly before Old Dominion's game against Mercer on Wednesday due to a probation issue stemming from a charge of driving under the influence last summer.
The arrest caught ODU coach Blaine Taylor, among others, completely off guard. Taylor said afterward that he was told just minutes before the game that the senior guard would not be available. He said he knew no details. Partly in jest, he offered to take a polygraph to prove his claim.
According to the Virginia Beach court system website, Bazemore committed the original offense Aug. 30, 2011. He was later charged with non-compliance, related to the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP). A show-cause summons was issued last Oct. 24, and a hearing was held Feb. 9.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, a warrant was issued for his arrest last month. He had been charged with revocation for a suspended sentence-DUI, the paper quoted a Virginia Beach Police spokeswoman. It's unclear why the Virginia Beach police chose to serve it Wednesday just before game time.
Bazemore was released after he was taken into custody and booked, according to WAVY-TV news reports.
Bazemore overcame foot surgery last summer and played his best and most confident basketball the final six weeks. He led the Monarchs in scoring (15.4 ppg) and helped them to a fourth-place finish in the CAA, the semifinals of the conference tournament and the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com tournament.
Considered a pro prospect because of his size (6-foot-5) and athletic ability, he has been invited to participate in the annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament -- a showcase for NBA and foreign scouts. As of earlier this week, he had not accepted.
Bazemore was considered the hub of the Monarchs heading into this season. He was the team's most experienced returning player, the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and the preseason Player of the Year.
But the foot injury and subsequent surgery hampered his progress and slowed his development. He didn't begin to round into form until mid-January.
From the Tarpit: Bazemore's Disappointing Ending
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