Bright kicked off after saying he had a firearm

Updated: May 10, 2005, 9:13 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Freshman forward Roy Bright was kicked off Cincinnati's basketball team Tuesday after acknowledging he had a firearm on campus, and freshman guard Vincent Banks left the team for personal reasons.

Coach Bob Huggins was hoping that Bright and Banks would ease the Bearcats through their transition into the Big East Conference next season.

Bright was the Bearcats' top freshman last season, averaging 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds. He played in all 33 games, starting five.

The university said campus police are investigating an incident involving Bright, a 6-foot-6 forward from Durham, N.C. Huggins said Bright acknowledged he had a firearm on campus last week, resulting in his dismissal from the team.

Banks, a 6-2 guard from Atlanta, was chosen as Georgia's top prep player in 2003 after he averaged 31.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists at South High School. He also played for Laurinburg High School in North Carolina and averaged 23 points per game before heading to Cincinnati.

Banks didn't meet the NCAA's academic requirements when he arrived on campus, but was expected to play next season.

"This is very unfortunate for Vincent that he has to deal with these personal issues," Huggins said.

Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, South Florida and Marquette all move from Conference USA to the Big East next season. The Big East will have 16 members in 2005-06.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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