The Virginia Tech men’s basketball program announced Monday that starting forward Tyrece Radford has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities “for not upholding the high standards Virginia Tech has for its students and athletes.”
Radford faces charges of first offense driving while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Radford was pulled over by Blacksburg police at 1:16 a.m. Sunday at Progress Street and Patrick Henry Drive, according to Blacksburg police.
He was released from the Montgomery County Jail Sunday on a $1,000 unsecured bond, according to the sheriff’s office.
Both charges are considered Class 1 misdemeanors. The DUI carries a mandatory minimum fine of $250 upon conviction. Class 1 misdemeanors carry a punishment of up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
Defense attorney Jimmy Turk said he was representing Radford, who is set to be arraigned Feb. 9 in Montgomery County General District Court. Turk said he was still gathering information on the case and had no further comment.
The Tech news release said there will be no further comment from the school “until the matter is resolved” but did not specify the matter in question. When asked on the ACC’s weekly video conference Monday morning if Radford had been arrested, Tech coach Mike Young had declined to say.
Radford, a third-year sophomore, is in his second season as a starter at small forward for the 20th-ranked Hokies.
The 6-foot-2 Radford ranks second on the Hokies in scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). He leads the team in minutes (31.0 mpg).
Radford has started every game for the Hokies (11-3, 5-2 ACC) this season. Tech visits Notre Dame on Wednesday and hosts eighth-ranked Virginia on Saturday.
How does Tech go about trying to win without Radford?
“We’ve got no choice. We’ll figure it out,” Young said on Monday’s video conference. “That’s what our intentions are.”
Young pointed to freshman reserves Darius Maddox and Joe Bamisile as players that could help fill the void of Radford.
“We’ve got enough players in this building to continue to win,” said Young, whose team fell four spots in Monday’s Associated Press Top 25 poll in the wake of Saturday’s loss at Syracuse.
Young said Radford’s absence will have a “significant” effect on Tech’s rebounding ability. Thanks in part to Radford, the Hokies rank sixth in the ACC in rebounding margin.
Radford had nine points and eight rebounds in Tech’s 77-63 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 10.
“He’s a heck of a player, and that’s a big loss for them,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said Monday. “Having said that, … even though he’s a loss, I have a feeling they’ve still got enough dudes that they can get out and get after us.”
Radford ranks second on the Hokies in assists (30), baskets (58) and free throws (35). He is shooting 53.7% from the field.
Radford was named the ACC co-player of the week last Monday in recognition of his performances in wins over Duke and Wake Forest. He had 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists against then-No. 19 Duke. He had 20 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals at Wake Forest.
He had eight points, 13 rebounds and five assists in the Hokies’ upset win over No. 3 Villanova in November. He scored 21 points in a win over South Florida the following day.
Radford had 15 points in the Hokies’ win over then-No. 24 Clemson last month. He had 13 points and nine rebounds in a win over Miami later that month.
Radford averaged 10.2 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds as a redshirt freshman last season.