NORMAL — Illinois State’s basketball team now will have no returning starters when the Redbirds hit the court next season.
Head coach Dan Muller announced Monday that senior guard Bryant Allen has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules.
According to Illinois State University police, Allen was stopped at 3:12 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of School and Willow streets and booked into McLean County Jail at 3:41 a.m. He was charged with possession of marijuana and delivery, driving on a suspended license and disregarding a stop sign.
“Bryant has violated our team rules and I am very disappointed in him,” Muller said. “I will continue to try to help and encourage Bryant to finish his degree, but it will not be as a Redbird student-athlete.”
Allen averaged 8.6 points and 1.8 rebounds last season, starting 30 of the 32 games he played.
He played in 24 games as a sophomore after transferring from Minnesota, originally to play wide receiver on the ISU football team. Instead, he averaged 8.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 21.5 minutes per game in basketball in 2011-12.
His dismissal comes after seniors Jackie Carmichael, Tyler Brown and John Wilkins graduated and starting point guard Johnny Hill transferred from last year’s starting five.
Allen underwent ankle surgery last month and was scheduled to return to the court in mid-July.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder shot 31 percent from 3-point territory last season (47 of 152) and made 74 percent of his free throws (23 of 31).
His departure means only sophomore guards Kaza Keane and Nick Zeisloft return as scholarship players from last year’s 18-15 team.
Jon Ekey, Zeke Upshaw and Jordan Threloff joined Hill as transfers since the end of last season.