Gonzaga starting point guard Josh Perkins was arrested and charged for physical control of a vehicle while under the influence.
Perkins, 21, a redshirt sophomore, was cited at 4 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Ruby Street and Sharp Avenue. However, court records do not indicate whether he was parked in a car or driving when he was cited.
Coach Mark Few issued a statement Friday, but did not indicate whether Perkins will face suspension.
“We take this situation very seriously, and we will give Josh the support that he needs to help him learn from this,” Few said in a written statement. “He understands the serious nature of the charge and has made a commitment to the process within the University.”
Perkins, a 6-foot-3 guard from Park Hill, Colorado, averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 assists while starting at the point. He also earned West Coast Conference All-Freshman team honors.
His first season at GU in 2014-15 ended in the fifth game when he suffered a broken jaw after being kicked in the face by a Georgia player in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at Madison Square Garden. He was granted a medical redshirt season.
Perkins, who played his senior season at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, was ranked 56th in ESPN.com’s Top 100.
Perkins’ arrest came one day after Gonzaga’s Kraziness in the Kennel, the public’s first look at this year’s team. The case was filed on Monday and he appeared before Spokane County District Court Judge Vance Peterson the next day. Peterson set a pre-trial hearing for Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Gonzaga opens with an exhibition game against visiting West Georgia on Nov. 5 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
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