The University of Illinois basketball team thought they had a potential great player on their roster when Darius Paul transferred from Western Michigan in 2013. But the Fighting Illini inherited a trouble maker.
After transferring, Paul sat out the 2013-14 season, and according to Deadspin, the 21-year-old forward didn’t have a clear record.
He was suspended for the entirety of last season after first getting arrested in Champaign for resisting arrest and underage drinking, then failing a pair of drug tests. Paul spent 90 days last year in rehab in Houston before playing a year of very good junior college basketball at Lamar State in Port Arthur, Tx.
When Illinois was in France for its preseason trip to Europe, Paul was arrested.
Illinois coach John Groce dismissed Paul on Friday.
Before Paul transferred from Western Michigan, he was the MAC player of the year.