It will be at least another full season before Darius Paul gets to put on an Illini uniform.
John Groce announced Tuesday that Paul will be suspended for the entire 2014-15 season following an arrest for underage drinking and resisting police.
Here's what Groce had to say:
“After a thorough review of Darius’ year, which includes multiple transgressions, I am suspending Darius from all team-related activities for the entire 2014-15 season,” Groce said in a statement. “As head coach, my concerns are always what is best for the University of Illinois, what is best for the men’s basketball program and what is best for our student-athletes as people. I feel this penalty is necessary to help Darius as a person. We will continue to support him through this process.”
Paul sat out all of last year, too, after opting to transfer to Illinois from Western Michigan. The younger brother of former Illini guard Brandon Paul, Darius Paul is a 6-foot-8 forward who attended Warren Township High School in Gurnee and has used just one year of his NCAA eligibility. In his freshman season at Western Michigan, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors.