Illinois State forward Deontae Hawkins (23) fights for a loose ball against Indiana State during last year's Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinal at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

DAVID PROEBER, The Pantagraph

NORMAL — Illinois State basketball coach Dan Muller announced Monday that junior forward Deontae Hawkins has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Muller gave no specifics while making the announcement in a one-sentence university release Monday afternoon, but McLean County court records indicate the 23-year-old Hawkins was arrested early Sunday morning and charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

Hawkins was released on bond and is due in court Nov. 17 for a pretrial hearing.

“The only thing I’ll say about that is disappointed, of course, and as usual we’ll keep it in house and get information out as we decide,” Muller said Tuesday at the MVC Media Day in St. Louis.

Asked if Hawkins will still be practicing, Muller said, “We’re still gathering information. As of right now, nothing’s been decided.”

The 6-foot-8 Hawkins averaged 10.3 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds last season, appearing in all 32 games and making 31 starts. He also made 18 starts in 2014-15 and played in 25 games, averaging 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Hawkins, who is healthy after undergoing offseason surgery for a broken bone in his right foot, is among four returning starters. He led ISU in 3-pointers last year with 52.

The suspension is the second for Hawkins during his Redbird career. He was suspended by Muller for a violation of team rules after two games of an exhibition trip to Spain in August 2015.

ISU meets Quincy University in a 3 p.m. exhibition game Nov. 6 at Redbird Arena before opening the season Nov. 11 at Murray State.

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