Georgia hoops forward Brandon Morris arrested on drug-related charge

Georgia basketball forward Brandon Morris is facing a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Morris was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police and booked into the Clarke County Jail at 3:21 a.m. Sunday and released on a $2,500 bond before noon, according to the jail’s online booking report.

The rising junior has started 45 games for the Bulldogs during the last two seasons. He was the team’s third-leading scorer last season at 8.6 points per game while averaging 3.4 rebounds per game.

The Miller Grove High product was suspended the first three games last season for undisclosed reasons that coach Mark Fox said were both for on and off court reasons.

“I want him to grow in a lot of ways,” Fox said at the time.

A felony arrest brings an immediate suspension from athletic competition, according to UGA athletic association policy. An athletics comprehensive action plan committee will forward a recommendation to athletic director Greg McGarity. Options include dismissal, suspension, reduction or cancellation of athletic aid. McGarity will approve, modify or return the case to the committee.

If this is a second violation of Georgia’s athletic drug policy, Morris would be facing a suspension of no less than 30 percent of the season.

Fox is aware of Morris’ arrest but won’t be putting out any statements Sunday, according to a team spokesman. He’s out of town recruiting until late Sunday night.

Specific information about the case was not available on Sunday, according to the Athens-Clarke County police department.

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