UPDATE, 2:17 p.m. ET. Bob Huggins released the following statement. It reads in full: “I’ve been alerted about the situation and the matter will be handled internally.”
West Virginia junior forward Aaric Murray was arrested Thursday morning in Philadelphia and charged with possession of narcotics.
Police spokesperson Tanya Little confirmed that the 22-year-old Murray, a Philadelphia native who is sitting out this season after transferring from La Salle, was arrested at 9:50 a.m. on the 1700 block of South 20th St. and is currently being held on bail.
Calls to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who is in Las Vegas for a tournament, weren't immediately returned. The Mountaineers play Missouri State in the Las Vegas Classic Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
The 6-foot-10 center, a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds during his sophomore season at La Salle. Murray chose West Virginia over Oklahoma State and Kansas last spring, and was sitting out this year due to NCAA transfer regulations.
In high school, Murray attended the Glen Mills School, which is for adjudicated delinquents, normally placed there by the courts. At La Salle, Murray and head coach John Giannini did not see eye to eye on many occasions and Murray - a Top 50 recruit coming out of high school - was benched at times.
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