Sophomore swingman B.J. Monteiro has been suspended indefinitely from the Duquesne University men's basketball team following a weekend arrest for theft near his hometown in Connecticut.
Monteiro and two others, including a juvenile, turned themselves into police in Torrington on Saturday and were charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny in connection with the theft of a laptop computer, iPod and cash with a total value of $1,400 from an unnamed Torrington residence at a party Aug. 7.
They are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 13.
"I'm very disappointed in B.J's lack of judgment and and hope it will not negatively reflect on the other student-athletes in the program," Duquesne coach Ron Everhart said today in handing down the suspension, which will remain in effect, pending the outcome of Monteiro's legal proceedings. "It is our hope that B.J. learns a valuable lesson from this unfortunate situation and can return to our program in the near future."
Monteiro, 19, of Middletown, Conn., averaged 3.3 points in 30 games, including five starts, as a freshman last season at Duquesne. He is the all-time leading scorer at Crosby High School in Waterbury and was named the Connecticut high school player of the year in 2007-08.
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