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UPDATED: Young Leaving NMSU To Pursue Pro Hoops Career

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Coach says another player arrested over the weekend has been “dismissed from the team indefinitely”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State University starting guard Jahmar Young, who is facing a felony charge of battery on a peace officer stemming from his arrest over the weekend at a Las Cruces convenience store, will not be returning for his senior season with the Aggies, NMSU men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies said Tuesday.

Menzies said in a statement released by the university that Young would forgo his senior season and “is in the process of hiring an agent and will pursue his professional career immediately.”

While wishing Young “success in his future endeavors,” Menzies did not specifically address Young’s arrest early Sunday.

The Las Cruces Sun-News has reported that Las Cruces police allege that the 23-year-old Young was involved in an altercation with an officer after police arrived at the store where Young and others had been asked to leave because of disruptive behavior. The newspaper said another Aggies player, Jacoby Patton, also was arrested and was charged with a misdemeanor.

In his statement, Menzies said Patton, an 18-year-old redshirt freshman guard, has been “dismissed from the team indefinitely.”

 


Monday, 12 April 2010 16:15

 

A New Mexico State University men’s basketball player, starting guard Jahmar Young, is facing a felony charge of battery on a peace officer after being arrested by Las Cruces police over the weekend, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

The newspaper said the arrest Sunday came after an altercation at a convenience store, and the 23-year-old Young was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and released on bond.

Young, a junior, had recently declared for the NBA draft this summer but didn’t hire an agent, which means he would be able to return to school for his senior year if he withdraws from the draft before May 8, according to the Sun-News.

The newspaper said that according to Las Cruces Police Sgt. Kiri Daines, Young and others entered the convenience store around 3 a.m. on Sunday and, based on disruptive behavior, were asked to leave the store. Daines also told the Sun-News that when officers arrived there was “an altercation between Young and an officer.”

The newspaper reported that Daines said another Aggie player, redshirt freshman Jacoby Patton, 18, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge and released on bond.

NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston said the university’s social misconduct policy for all student-athletes involves reading the police report and sitting down with the athlete, according to the Sun-News. Boston told the newspaper there was an incident and university officials are trying to determine what the facts are.

In 2008, Young, was convicted of battery and assault after an on-campus incident in which he was accused of exposing himself to a woman in campus housing in August 2007, according to the Sun-News. The newspaper said that Young accepted a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid jail time, receive a one-year deferred sentence and unsupervised probation, and complete 15 hours of community service and a sexual harassment awareness course.

 


Monday, 12 April 2010 06:15

 

New Mexico State University basketball player Jahmar Young was charged Sunday by Las Cruces police with battery on a peace officer. Details were not available, but the Las Cruces Sun-News reported that the 23-year-old Young was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and released on bond.

Young was convicted in 2008 of battery and assault after an on-campus incident in which he was accused of exposing himself to a woman in campus housing the previous year. He accepted a plea deal that allowed him to avoid jail time.

The deal included a one-year deferred sentence, unsupervised probation, 15 hours of community service and a sexual harassment awareness course.

 

 

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