Drexel's Thomas on interim suspension, will miss CAA tournament

Posted: February 29, 2012

Drexel junior guard Derrick Thomas, who missed the Dragons' season-finale 73-72 win at Old Dominion after being placed on interim suspension by the school, won't compete in this weekend's Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Richmond, Va.

According to the school, Thomas voluntarily surrendered to the Philadelphia Police Department's Northwest Detectives after being charged with assault and criminal trespass. The university's suspension of Thomas is pending the outcome of the investigation.

While Drexel declined to make further comment, a police source said that the incident took place in December at the La Salle campus. According to the source, Thomas came in voluntarily and was released on his own recognizance. A court date has not been set.

A 6-foot-3 junior from New York City, Thomas averages 8.0 points per game and is second on the team in minutes played per game at 31.9.

Drexel, the regular-season CAA champion, has a first-round bye and begins competing in the CAA tournament Saturday at noon against the winner of Friday's game between James Madison and North Carolina-Wilmington.

On Monday, during the CAA conference call, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said he would have no comment on the situation.

In July 2010, starting point guard Jamie Harris and backup forward Kevin Phillip were dismissed from school after arrests stemming from an alleged on-campus armed burglary.

- Marc Narducci

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