Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill addressed the Anthony DiLoreto situation Friday as the team prepared for the Saturday night game.
“My thoughts are, No. 1 it’s very disappointing,” Morrill said during a telephone press conference. “No. 2, I’ve given second chances to people on the recommendation of people I trust and it’s up to them what they do with it.”
DiLoreto, who arrived at Utah State with two strikes already him thanks to his involvement in an attempted bank robbery in Wisconsin, may be done as a basketball player at Utah State.
Morrill has suspended DiLoreto indefinitely after the Monday night arrest in which the 7-foot-1 freshman from Minnesota was allegedly found in the possession of marijuana.
“At this point,” Morrill said, “Anthony is not a part of this team. He will not pracitce, he will not travel.”
Asked if DiLoreto will have a role with the team in the future, Morrill did not want to speculate.
“We will try to help him through the legal process and help him with his academics,” Morrill said.
But Morrill said there are way too many things to worry about right now (such as games to play) and far too much water to pass under the bridge in the future before any decision is made on DiLoreto’s status with the team.
In fact, because DiLoreto was already on probation for his role in the attempted bank robbery, Wisconsin law enforcement may have the ultimate say in whether the promising hoops player ever steps foot on the Spectrum floor with a basketball in his hands.