Georgia Southern University has suspended star basketball player Eric Ferguson indefintely following a drug-related arrest on June 26. Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein made the announcement Monday
morning, according to the Savannah Morning News.
According to the Bulloch County Sherriff's Department report, Ferguson and roommate/former teammate, Brian Holmes, were arrested for possession of maraijuana with intent to distribute, possession of prescription pills, possession of a firearm, and possession/use of a drug-related object.
Ferguson, a three-year starter, did not play last season. He was out with a back injury. But Ferguson was rehabbing, and would have been fully healthy by November. But with this recent arrest, and pending charges, Ferguson may never play for the Eagles again.
Georgia Southern, which boasts three All-Southern Conference selections on its roster, felt it had a strong chance to content for a conference championship in its first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Fueling those pre-season aspirations were the acquisitions of College of Charleston transfer, forward Trent Wiedeman, and point guard Jelani Hewitt. Two guys the Eagles were strongly counting on to carry the offense.
Wiedeman, a 6-foot-8 senior, averaged 12.1 points a game and 8.7 rebounds in his final season at Charleston; Hewitt averaged 19.4 points a game for Georgia Southern last year.
Ferguson, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 13.4 points as a junior and 15.4 as a sophomore, earning all-conference honors both years. The 6-foot-8 senior figured to be a key contributor for the Eagles this season. But those dreams of a conference championship were seriously altered with Ferguson's arrest on Sunday night.
Ferguson will be allowed to keep taking classes at Georgia Southern, but Kleinlein will wait until the legal process plays out before discussing Ferguson's chances of being reinstated to the basketball team before or during the season.