Murray State is coming off their most impressive run in school history.
The Racers were the last unbeaten squad in the nation a season ago and lead guard Isaiah Canaan is back for another go-around in 2012-13. While Canaan has All-American aspirations this season, the Murray State back court however, will be done one of its key contributors.
Zay Jackson, whose name surfaced following a mind-boggling hit-and-run altercation outside an area WalMart last month has been suspended for the entire 2012-13 season. Jackson, who was caught on camera hitting two bystanders with whom he was arguing with and was arrested, charged and sentenced to 30 days in prison.
Following the incident, the decision should come as no surprise, in fact, the biggest surprise should come in relation to what took so long.
“Zay’s suspension will remain in effect during the 2012-13 season. He will not be allowed to participate in any contests during the upcoming season. It is my expectation that Zay will concentrate on getting the help he needs, fulfill the requirements that will be dictated by the court, go above and beyond the necessary steps required to become an exemplary citizen and prove to me and others that he is deserving of this opportunity to remain part of our program and university. Only because of the importance of having an established support structure during this time, I will allow Zay to return to team activities such as practice, study hall and conditioning,” athletic director Allen Ward said in a statement to OVCball.net.
As a freshman, Jackson averaged 18.4 minutes per game a season ago, contributing 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Head coach Steve Prohm added this: “Although the impact on our basketball team is something we’ll have to work hard to overcome, I support the direction we are taking with this matter. I know we have a good group of young men that will work hard to represent Murray State the right way this season.”
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manger at Rant Sports. You can follow him at Twitter: @TheArenaPulse