Jakeenan Gant, Russell Woods Arrested on Drug Charges: Details and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Jan 9, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Jakeenan Gant (23) reacts after making a three point shot against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Missouri basketball players Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were arrested Thursday for possession of drug paraphernalia.

ABC 17 in Missouri confirmed the arrest.

Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com provided the arrest report. DeArmond also reported a search of the players' residence in relation to a robbery in which their roommate was a suspect led to the discovery of "marijuana smoking devices" and the eventual arrest.   

Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune reported that both players have been suspended for Saturday's game against Alabama. A statement from the school said their status will be reviewed next week, according to Walentik.

Joe Walljasper of the Columbia Daily Tribune added some additional thoughts on the situation:

Gant, a sophomore, is averaging 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 22 games. He's coming off a scoreless performance against Ole Miss and is shooting just 40 percent from the field.

Woods, a junior, is also a complementary piece of the rotation. He checks in at 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his first season with the Tigers after transferring from John A. Logan College.

The Missouri rotation usually goes about 10 players deep, so most of the extra minutes will get spread among the other forwards in that group. Beyond that, D'Angelo Allen could pick up some extra playing time after serving in a limited role so far this season.

The Tigers will have eight games left in the regular season following Saturday's clash with the Crimson Tide. Gant and Woods will have to wait until at least next week to find out whether they will be allowed to take part in that stretch run. 

 

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