Augusta State University lost another basketball player Thursday, this one permanently, when senior center Chad July, the roommate of suspended forward Harold Doby, was dismissed for “conduct detrimental to the team,” according to Jaguars head coach Dip Metress.
A gun and drug paraphernalia were found by campus police during a search Wednesday of the University Village apartment the players shared. Doby, 21, remained in jail Thursday on a charge of having firearms on school property.
According to a Georgia Regents University incident report, police were called to the Jaguar Way apartment complex about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to investigate an earlier complaint of drugs.
According to an incident report, a maintenance employee called authorities after he went into the apartment to replace a bulb and found a marijuana grinder.
The students who live at the apartment – all members of the basketball team – were at practice when police arrived, but another man, Dorian O’Bryan Sabb, was there. Police asked Sabb to leave, at which time Sabb entered Doby’s room to get his belongings.
The report stated Sabb told police he had stashed marijuana under the bedsheets. Officers found 8.4 grams of marijuana.
Sabb was issued a Richmond County citation for possession of marijuana and a criminal trespass warning from all Georgia Regents University properties.
Later, police contacted all four residents of the apartment and they consented to a search. The residents are Doby, July, senior center Travis Keels and sophomore forward Roman Hill.
A marijuana grinder was found in July’s room but no drugs were discovered, according to a GRU Public Safety report.
In Doby’s room, officers found a .38-caliber Colt revolver in a white sock between his mattress and boxspring. Police said the revolver was loaded with five bullets and one spent round.
Georgia Regents University officials said Doby remains a student at the school but has been suspended from the team indefinitely pending an investigation. His academic status will be determined by the school’s judicial board, according to school officials.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound July began the season as the starting center, but he lost his gig and came off the bench four of his final 11 games with the club. July averaged 3.8 points a game and 7.1 boards a game. He also shot 31 percent from the field, 43 percent from the foul line.
When July’s transfer from Flagler was announced in April, he was expected to help give Augusta State a boost inside after the team went 17-11 last season and finished last in the league in rebounding.
“It gives us an anchor down there,” Metress said then. “Numerous times in our losses, we got hurt because we just didn’t have any thickness down low.”
Now, Augusta State has just three players with any size to plug the middle – forward Devon Wright-Nelson (6-5, 220), forward Michael Graham (6-4, 202) and center Travis Keels (6-9, 204).