Monday, December 6, 2010

Pinkston suspended for season

In November, Villanova freshman forward Jayvaughn Pinkston was charged with assault and harassment following an off-campus altercation.

On Monday, Villanova announced it had suspended Pinkston for the rest of the season. The punishment is consistent with the standard suspension from the university, according to a source.

“This is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved,” Kimani Young, Pinkston’s former AAU coach, said in a text message. “We agree with the way Villanova is handling this situation 100%. Villanova is a great place for him as a player and as a person. It is our hope that Jayvaughn will be able to continue his education and basketball career at Villanova in the summer. Jayvaughn is learning a valuable life lesson through this process and he will be a better young man from it.”

When asked if he and Pinkston disagreed with the punishment, Young responded, “Not at all.”

Pinkston, a 6-foot-6 prospect from Bishop Loughin (N.Y.), was a McDonald’s All-American last year but has been held out by head coach Jay Wright of every game this season.

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