WSU lifts Casto's suspension; he will play against Northwestern


by WSU /

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 24 at 8:05 AM

UPDATE: Washington State University athletic director Bill Moos has lifted DeAngelo Casto's suspension. He will play tonight against Northwestern in the NIT quarterfinals.

This is the statement from Moos released by the university late this afternoon:

“There has been a great deal of discussion regarding DeAngelo and his situation over the past 24 hours. In reviewing new information that has been brought to my attention, I am removing DeAngelo’s suspension effective immediately and he will be available to participate in tonight’s NIT Quarterfinal game. There are unique circumstances involving this matter and I feel the appropriate avenue to take is to allow the legal system to run its course before we consider further action.”

Original Story

PULLMAN – KREM 2 Sports Director Tim Lewis confirmed late Tuesday night that DeAngelo Casto is the third Washington State men's basketball player to be arrested and cited for possession of marijuana this season.

Here's what happened, according to the Pullman Police Department:

Early Tuesday morning (around 1:20am), officers were on foot patrol near an area where they've had several burglaries recently. They saw the screen missing from a window, so they decided to check it out. When they looked inside, it appeared that someone (Casto) was rolling a marijuana cigarette at a table.

The officers knocked on the door and Casto answered. The police instantly smelled marijuana. They explained to Casto what they had seen outside and asked him to bring the marijuana to them. He complied with the request.

The officers didn't have a citation book at the time, so they asked Casto to come to the police department later in the day. Casto arrived at the station around 10pm with his attorney. That's when he was officially cited for possession of marijuana (technically arrested and released). Casto will be asked to appear in court within the next two weeks.

WSU head basketball coach Ken Bone suspended Casto indefinitely on Tuesday afternoon. That means Casto will miss Wednesday's NIT quarterfinal game against Northwestern.

“I am disappointed in DeAngelo as he let himself and his teammates down,” said Bone.

Washington State Director of Athletics Bill Moos added, “It is important that our student-athletes realize that they are held to a high standard and that a lack of good judgment can be costly, especially in the postseason when so much is at stake.”

Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson were both arrested for marijuana possession earlier this year. Both served a one-game suspension.