One of the pleasant surprises this college basketball season has come from Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights aren’t only playing in the Big Ten, which is easily the deepest and most well-rounded conference in college basketball — they’re also playing really well.
Rutgers is currently 16-7 overall and 7-5 in Big Ten play. That’s good for sixth in conference. And, the team has lost its last two games. It’s not as though the Scarlet Knights are riding a hot streak.
With that, Rutgers received bad news prior to its latest loss against Maryland Tuesday night. Scarlet Knights guard Jacob Young had been suspended and was not traveling with the team.
Reports have stated that it is because he was arrested for DWI.
According to 247Sports, “The report says that Young was stopped at 1:57 a.m. in New Brunswick by university police and charged with reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign, failing to signal, operating a car under the influence of liquor or drugs and careless driving, according to municipal court records. The incident came several hours after the team returned from Madison Square Garden where the Scarlet Knights lost to Michigan, 69-63.”
Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell has said that the length of Young’s suspension has not been decided upon.
“I’ll make that decision later on,” Pikiell said after a 56-51 loss to No. 9 Maryland. “These are all learning experiences. When you deal with young adults, they’re capable of making bad decisions. He obviously did. I’m disappointed. I love him. But you’ve got to make great decisions, and young adults sometimes don’t. We’ll move forward, it will be a good learning experience for us and then we’ll move on.”
Young is averaging 8.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game this season.