Alex Abreu’s criminal proceedings are over, but his basketball career with the University of Akron is still on hold.
Abreu pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to one count of felony drug trafficking.
The 21-year-old was arrested March 7, during the last week of college basketball’s regular season, after police say he accepted a package containing five pounds of marijuana. He was suspended by the school indefinitely. A University of Akron statement released Monday said that suspension still stands.
The arrest, made a few miles off campus, came at the end of Abreu’s junior season, the point guard’s second as a headliner for the Zips, who have won 20-plus games in eight straight seasons. Akron went on to win the Mid-American Conference tournament without Abreu but was blown out in the first round of the NCAA tournament by VCU.
He was given credit for time served and a two-year suspended sentence, plus 180 days probation and a fine. His driver’s license was also suspended. He hasn’t been allowed on campus since the arrest.
Abreu’s trial was set for June 24. Akron’s statement that said the university and the department of athletics will review his case at a later date.
The Zips lose 7-footer Zeke Marshall and two other players from last year’s team but have a chance to be very good again, especially with senior guard Quincy Diggs set to return after not being enrolled in school last season. Akron is adding junior-college transfer Nyles Evans at the point guard position, something that was in the works before Abreu’s arrest.
A 5’10 native of Puerto Rico, Abreu averaged 10.3 points and 6 assists per game last season. Akron recorded the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games last season and cracked the Top 25 for the first time in school history. His arrest came just five days after the streak was snapped and the day before the Zips’ regular-season finale.