FSU Recruit Bowers Arrested for Eating Marijuana to Hide It from Police

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2014

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 16:  The Florida State Seminoles logo is shown during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 16, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Florida State basketball recruit Cinmeon Bowers and two others were arrested on Thursday, Jan. 16, after allegedly eating marijuana in an effort to hide it from police following a traffic stop, according to the Jackson County Floridian.

According to the report, Bowers and two of his Chipola College teammates were pulled over for speeding when officers smelled marijuana inside the car. A statement released by police and acquired by the Jackson County Floridian states that the three men ate the illegal substance.  

Along with Bowers, Torian Graham and Jamaar McKay-Taylor were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. The three men were taken to Jackson County Correctional Facility. 

A 6'7", 261-pound power forward, Bowers is regarded as one of the elite junior college prospects in the nation, per 247Sports. He committed to Florida State in September 2013 after averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per game as a freshman at Chipola last season.

He's currently averaging 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds this season as a sophomore at Chipola.

Although Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton must be upset to learn of Bowers' arrest, he's not prepared to make any decisions at this point in time, per ESPN.com"I will wait until I get all the complete information."

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Meanwhile, Bowers and his two teammates have been suspended indefinitely by Chipola College until the legal process is sorted out and the school completes an investigation of its own, according to the Jackson County Floridian.

According to 247Sports, Bowers is the Seminoles' top committed prospect for 2014. Even with Bowers on board, Florida State's 2014 recruiting class currently ranks 42nd in the country.  

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