Moos: Casto will play tonight

PULLMAN — DeAngelo Casto’s suspension has been lifted just hours before tonight’s 8 p.m. National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal tip with Northwestern, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos announced.

The 6-foot-8 junior from Spokane was originally suspended for the forthcoming game after an interaction with Pullman Police at his off-campus apartment the night of WSU’s second-round win over Oklahoma State. This eventually led to a misdemeanor citation of marijuana possession of less than 40 grams.

Moos had this to say in a written statement: “There has been a great deal of discussion regarding DeAngelo and his situation over the past 24 hours. In reviewing new information that has been brought to my attention, I am removing DeAngelo’s suspension effective immediately and he will be available to participate in tonight’s NIT Quarterfinal game. There are unique circumstances involving this matter and I feel the appropriate avenue to take is to allow the legal system to run its course before we consider further action.”

Casto had a not-guilty plea filed on his behalf by Pullman attorney Timother Esser, who will be representing the All-Pac-10 forward. Esser and retired Whitman County superior judge Wallis Friel were with Casto when he met with Pullman police and was issued the citation.

“This case is never going to get to first base,” Esser told The Spokesman-Review. “This case will be dismissed. There was absolutely no compliance with constitutional privacy interest requirements.”

Esser talked with Washington State coach Ken Bone late Tuesday and asked that Casto’s suspension be lifted.

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