Former Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball star Delonte West, ’05, was arrested last night on weapons charges in Maryland.
West, who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was riding his motorcycle on the Capitol Beltway in Upper Marlboro,Prince George’s County at around 10 p.m. when he was pulled over for speeding after cutting off an officer. West was searched and found to be in possession of two loaded handguns, one in his pocket and one strapped to his leg, as well as a loaded shotgun in a guitar case slung on his back. A police spokeswoman told the Associated Press that West was cooperative throughout the process. He was released on bail early Friday morning.
Maryland law prohibits the carrying of a concealed weapon and the transporting of loaded guns.
“We have been in communication with Delonte and his family,” said Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry in a statement. “We are gathering more information and will not have further comment until the appropriate time.”
West was the second leading-scorer on St. Joe’s 2003-04 “perfect season”, averaging 18.9 points and 6.7 assists per game in the nation’s best backcourt alongside Jameer Nelson, ’04.
He was drafted by Boston with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft and is set to enter his sixth season in the league. After three years with Boston, he was traded to Seattle and subsequently to Cleveland, where he just completed his first full season as a Cavalier.
He established himself as a starter in Cleveland this year, averaging 11.7 points and 3.5 assists per game while shooting a hair under 40 percent from three-point range. He missed 18 games last season with a fractured wrist, and was sent home by the Cavs last year during training camp for a mood disorder which he was at one time receiving treatment for.
He has been an important figure in the renovation of the Fieldhouse and the new Ramsay Basketball Center. The men’s basketball team lounge is named in his honor.
– Matthew De George ’10