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MU freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant, D’Angelo Allen suspended after arrests

Jakeenan Gant
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Missouri freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen have been suspended from the team after they were arrested early Sunday morning in Columbia.

Gant, 18, a forward from Georgia, and Allen, 18, a wing from Dallas, were arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Officers responded to Eighth and Elm streets around 2 a.m. to investigate an assault, according to a Columbia Police log, which was viewed Tuesday night by a Columbia Daily Tribune reporter.

“We are aware of the situation involving Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen, and have suspended them from team-related activities as we gather more information,” MU coach Kim Anderson said in a release. “We have high standards for the conduct of our student-athletes and expect much more from them as members of our program.”

Both players were issued a summons and released. A 22-year-old Lone Jack man also was arrested. The log provided no further details, including information about any alleged victims, according to the Tribune.

Gant was Mr. Georgia Basketball last season before transferring to School of the Osage in Lake Ozark, Mo. He signed last November with then-coach Frank Haith and opted to stay at Missouri when first-year coach Kim Anderson was hired.

Allen, who played at Kimball High School, committed to the Tigers in early May shortly after Anderson was hired.

Anderson dismissed Torren Jones from the team in early August for an unspecified violation of team rules.

That came on the heels of a disappointing 2013-14 season on the court, which also included the arrest of three players in off-court incidents.

Sophomore point guard Wes Clark was arrested in March for suspicion of marijuana possession along with two football players and former Missouri shooting guard Shane Rector, who decided to transfer in May.

Former Tigers forward Zach Price, a Louisville transfer who never played in a game for the Tigers, was arrested twice April 3 for alleged domestic assaults. He was subsequently dismissed by Haith.

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