Casto suspended for NIT quarterfinal

PULLMAN — Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules and will miss Wednesday night’s NIT quarterfinal against Northwestern.

A source with knowledge of the situation said a small amount of marijuana was allegedly found by police at 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Casto’s off-campus apartment, according to the Spokesman-Review.

The 6-foot-8 junior from Spokane averages 12 points and six rebounds per gam

e and is the Cougars’ primary interior figure. He was named to the All-Pac-10 second team last month.

“I am disappointed in DeAngelo as he let himself and his teammates down,” WSU coach Ken Bone said in a written statement. “Neither myself nor the team will have further comment as our sole focus is the game against Northwestern and the opportunity to reach the NIT semifinals in New York.”

This is WSU’s third starter hit with a suspension this season.

In December, sophomore point guard Reggie Moore was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his dorm room. Two weeks ago, Pac-10 scoring leader Klay Thompson was pulled over while driving home and charged with possession of marijuana following a win over USC.

Moore missed a Pac-10 road game with Cal in January and Thompson missed the Cougs’ regular-season finale against UCLA for their offenses.

WSU athletic director Bill Moos weighed in on the situation in a written release: “It is important that our student-athletes realize that they are held to a high standard. And that a lack of good judgment can be costly, especially in the post season when so much is at stake.”

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Tribune.

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