Men's basketball: Akron guard pleads not guilty to drug charges
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron starting point guard Alex Abreu has pleaded not guilty to trafficking and possession of marijuana.
Abreu appeared in Municipal Court on Friday, one day after he was arrested by police for allegedly accepting a package containing 5 pounds of marijuana. He entered a not guilty plea and his bond was set at $5,000. Abreu is due back in court March 22.
The junior has been suspended indefinitely from the Zips, who play their regular-season finale at home against Kent State on Friday.
A team spokesman said the indefinite suspension is pending the outcome of a police investigation. In an emailed statement, the spokesman said the university is gathering information and questions about the investigation should be directed to the Akron Police Department.
Abreu, who is from Puerto Rico, has been the team’s floor leader during a memorable season. The Zips recently won 19 straight games and will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Mid-American Conference tournament. The MAC tourney winner receives the league’s automatic NCAA bid.
The 5-foot-10 junior is averaging 10.3 points and six assists per game, second in the league behind Ohio’s D.J. Cooper.
Abreu had one of his best performances in one of Akron’s biggest games of the season, finishing with 21 points and nine assists in an 86-72 victory over Ohio on Feb. 2.