LOS ANGELES, CA - (L-R) DeAngelo Casto #23, Klay Thompson #1 and Brock Motum #12 of the Washington State Cougars walk on the court in the second half while taking on the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

DeAngelo Casto's Suspension Lifted, Cougars' Center May Play In NIT

DeAngelo Casto suspension following a marijuana possession citation has been lifted by athletic director Bill Moos. Casto will play on Wednesday night in Washington State's NIT game.

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DeAngelo Casto May Play In Wednesday NIT Game After Suspension Lifted

On Tuesday, Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto was suspended indefinitely following a marijuana citation received shortly after the Cougars’ win over Oklahoma State in the NIT. A search at his residence turned up a small amount of marijuana early Tuesday morning, forcing head coach Ken Bone to suspend Casto for a violation of team rules. But on Wednesday, following Casto’s decision to contest the citation, athletic director Bill Moos decided to lift the suspension, allowing Casto to play in Washington State’s NIT game with Northwestern later that night.

The report comes from the Spokesman-Review’s Vince Grippi, with quotes from Moos on the matter.

"There has been a great deal of discussion regarding DeAngelo and his situation over the past 24 hours," Moos said in a media release. "There are unique circumstances involving this matter and I feel the appropriate avenue to take is to allow the legal system to run its course before we consider further action."

While the legal system runs its course, it appears Casto will be free to participate in team activities, including Wednesday night’s game and any that may follow. Washington State faces Northwestern at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 with a trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT Final Four on the line.

For more on Casto and the Cougs, check out SB Nation’s CougCenter.


DeAngelo Casto Suspended For NIT Game, Reportedly Involved In Drug Investigation

Just hours after Washington State defeated Oklahoma State to advance in the NIT, forward DeAngelo Casto was reportedly caught up in a drug investigation at an apartment in Pullman. Though no citation has been issued as of now, Casto has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Ken Bone and will miss the Cougars' next NIT game, set to take place on Wednesday against Northwestern.

The Spokesman-Review's Vince Grippi reported the details, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

A source with knowledge of the situation said Casto's off-campus apartment was searched by police at about 1:20 Tuesday morning and a small amount of marijuana was allegedly found.
Another source not authorized to speak publicly said a citation could be issued as early as Wednesday morning

If true, Casto becomes the third Washington State player to be caught up in a drug investigation this season. Washington State guard Klay Thompson was cited for possession of marijuana just weeks ago after a game. Guard Reggie Moore had his dorm room searched in December, receiving a citation for possession of marijuana, as well.

Washington State takes on Northwestern in the NIT on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Pullman. For more on Casto and the Cougs, check out CougCenter.

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