Roberts to visit Arizona and Mississippi

Updated: August 15, 2003, 12:02 AM ET

HOUSTON -- Lawrence Roberts, Baylor's leading scorer, said Thursday he plans to visit Mississippi State and Arizona in the coming days after receiving his release to explore transfer options.

"I talked to both coaches today," he told Houston television station KRIV on Thursday. "I can't wait to take the visits and then go on and make my choice."

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Roberts by telephone Thursday night were unsuccessful.

A number of players from the school are looking at their options after Baylor president Robert Sloan said last week he was putting the program on probation for at least two years because of major infractions. Sloan said the school will not participate in any postseason tournaments next season, including the Big 12 tournament.

Roberts said there are many reasons why he is focusing on Mississippi State and Arizona. He also said he hasn't yet ruled out remaining at Baylor.

"The two schools are great schools," he said. "Good opportunities for me to move ahead and try to go on with my basketball career."

Former coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton abruptly resigned last week after school officials revealed that Bliss was involved in two players' receiving improper financial aid and that staff members did not properly report failed drug tests by players.

These developments followed the disappearance of Baylor player Patrick Dennehy, whose body was found in a field July 25. He had been shot twice in the head. A former teammate and roommate, Carlton Dotson, has been charged in Dennehy's death.

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