DiLoreto dismissed

Breaking news from Logan: Anthony DiLoreto has been dismissed from the Utah State basketball team.

DiLoreto arrived at Utah State under a cloud of controversy following his arrest and guilty plea concerning a botched bank robbery in Wisconsin. He was the get-away driver in a robbery in which his friend was involved.

While in Logan as a redshirt, DiLoreto was suspended from team activities during the season after he was cited for possession of marijuana.

His release leaves Utah State looking for another big man to provide depth behind the trio of Nate Bendall, Tai Wesley and Brady Jardine. At 7-foot-1, DiLoreto would have provided a long defensive presence like USU has not enjoyed in several years.

Now, presumably, USU coach Stew Morrill will be trying to find a late addition to the team.

DiLoreto is the fourth player to either leave the team or be dismissed following the recently completed 27-8 campaing that saw the Aggies win a third consecutive WAC regular season title. Sophomore Tyrone White and juniors Modou Niang and Jaxon Myaer had previously left the team for various reasons.

Press release:

Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Thursday that redshirt freshman center Anthony DiLoreto has been dismissed from the team. DiLoreto was suspended from the team indefinitely in February for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

“We were considering the possibility of Anthony being reinstated to our program,” said Morrill. “Unfortunately, he has failed to meet the established criteria necessary to return as a player at Utah State.”

DiLoreto, a 7-1, 230-pound center from Minnetonka, Minn., redshirted for Utah State during the 2009-10 season and did not appear in any games.

As a prep senior at Hopkins High School, DiLoreto averaged 8.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as he helped lead the Royals to a 27-2 record. During his senior year, he scored in double-figures nine times and had a season-high 16 points versus Edina High School.

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