Iowa State men’s basketball: Bryce Dejean-Jones won’t play against Iowa Hawkeyes


Iowa State men’s basketball guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will not play against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night.

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Fred Hoiberg addressed the media about a quarter after 4:00 PM and announced that he will serve a one-game suspension effective immediately. This was a decision made by Hoiberg and not something involving a conduct policy.

Dejean-Jones was arrested late Wednesday night after violating noise ordinances and marijuana was found in his apartment. There were three charges he was facing — one serious misdemeanor and two simple misdemeanors. The serious, which involved hosting a party that involved marijuana, was dropped because the judge couldn’t find substantial evidence to charge BDJ with it.

Dec 2, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (13) dunks the ball against the Lamar Cardinals at James H. Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones won 96-59. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

This morning painted a bleak picture for BDJ’s future, but after the charge was dropped, there was a possibility that he could play against Iowa. Fred Hoiberg decided to suspend him anyway, which is the right move because this was a repeated violation.

According to various reports and interviews with Dejean-Jones’ neighbors, there were about 12 instances where he was too loud in his apartment. Hoiberg and a police officer even made an appearance to help solve things. BDJ gave a number for those that were bothered by the noise to text him. Apparently, the situation never improved which led to the arrest.

Especially with a big rivalry game coming up, Hoiberg could have decided to keep Dejean-Jones in the lineup after the marijuana charge was dropped. Maybe suspend him for a half or not start him. Instead, he did the right thing and suspended him anyway. BDJ has to learn sometime, and hopefully he’ll receive the message loud and clear. There’s a reason why transfers with problems in their past normally thrive under Hoiberg, and the head coach showed he won’t be soft on anyone that takes advantage of it.

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