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Bradley Basketball Player pleads guilty to drug possession charge

By WEEK Producer

Bradley Basketball Player pleads guilty to drug possession charge

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley men's basketball player Will Egolf pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge Friday.

Egolf was given two years probation and 30 hours of public service. Court costs and fines totaled $2,700. Egolf was also ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment as needed.

Egolf was arrested on New Year's Eve and charged with possession of a controlled substance, the prescription drug Vicodin. He had been suspended from the team since his arrest, before returning to practice this week.

BU coach Geno Ford said, "His return to play will be an indication the legal process has concluded and he is fulfilling significant off-the-court expectations."

Egolf will not play tomorrow at Northern Iowa but could return to the line-up Tuesday against Southern Illinois.

“First and foremost I want to apologize to my family, teammates, coaches, trainers, fans and the Bradley administration for my recent actions,” said Egolf. “I deeply regret letting down the people who have done so much for me over the years and putting them in this situation.

“Throughout my career, the Bradley Community has given me so many amazing opportunities and experiences and for that I owe many people a sincere apology for the events that led up to my arrest,” Egolf added. “I intend to do everything I can in order to correct my mistake.

“I would like to express my appreciation to Coach (Geno) Ford, Dr. (Michael) Cross and, especially, President (Joanne) Glasser for taking their time to talk with me and my family as they conscientiously sorted through the details of my situation. Allowing me to continue to play my final few months of Bradley Basketball shows compassion and forgiveness and I promise to embrace this opportunity whole-heartedly and am fully-committed to working my hardest and doing my best to maintain high personal standards off the court.

“Again, I sincerely apologize for my actions and the distraction I have caused and I look forward to growing from this situation,” Egolf concluded.

A sixth-year senior, Egolf was arrested Dec. 31 for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He has not travelled to either of Bradley’s last two road games and was not in attendance for last Sunday’s home game against Wichita State. Egolf returned to practice Monday and his availability for game action will be determined by Ford based on Egolf’s fulfillment of a number of off-court expectations related to this matter.

“Will’s situation is a reminder that good people sometimes make bad decisions,” said Ford, “but there are repercussions for poor decisions. His return to play will be an indication the legal process has concluded and he is fulfilling significant off-the-court expectations.”

A 6-foot-9 center, Egolf missed most of the 2008-09 season and all of the 2011-12 campaign after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee. In a rare sixth-year of eligibility, he is averaging career-bests of 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game, while leading the Braves in 3-point shooting (15-42, .357), despite playing the last four games of December wearing a mask to protect a broken nose suffered in practice Dec. 11.

Article courtesy BU Sports Information.

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