Former Basketball Player Facing Charges; Current Player Also Arrested

GREENVILLE, N.C. - WITN News has learned a former ECU basketball player is facing drug related charges, this after a current team member has also been arrested.

Court records show Chris Turner, who was a sophomore guard for the team, was arrested December 20th for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Turner has since been ruled academically ineligible and is no longer on the team.

Current team member Darrius Morrow was arrested the very next day for simple possession of marijuana. Court records say that arrest happened around 9:00 p.m. at Morrow's apartment on Greenville Boulevard.

Morrow was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for breaking team rules.


One of two ECU basketball players suspended Wednesday for breaking team rules was arrested last month on a drug charge.

Court records show Darrius Morrow was charged December 21st for simple possession of marijuana. Those records say the arrest happened around 9:00 p.m. at Morrow's apartment on Greenville Boulevard.

Morrow, who currently leads the Pirates in rebounding with a 6.7 average and adds 12.4 points a game, has started all 16 games this season.

He has a February 2nd court date on the charge.


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East Carolina sophomore forward Darrius Morrow and freshman guard Wakefield Ellison have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules according to an announcement from head basketball coach Mack McCarthy Wednesday afternoon.

Morrow, who currently leads the Pirates in rebounding with a 6.7 average and adds 12.4 points a game, has started all 16 games this season. Ellison has played in 10 contests off the bench and currently owns 1.4 scoring and 0.5 rebounding average.

"Darrius and Wakefield have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules" McCarthy said. The third-year ECU head coach did not address specifics of the suspension, but added "there are conduct standards we have in place and expect those to be followed."


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    i agree with you bill.
  • by Amanda Location: Greenville on Jan 15, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    ECU basketball is a joke anyway. This doesn't surprise me.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 at 08:01 PM
    Talent??? theres no talent in ecu bkb.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    When are kids going to learn NOT to throw opportunities away. This kind of thing happens all the time. Its called 'stupidity'. Some people are born with it right along with their talent. Idiots.
  • by Susan Location: MC on Jan 14, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    Why am I not surprised..nobody has to follow rules and reg. anymore. All the schools want is a winning season, it doesn't matter about character and most important..their grades!!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 14, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    Pull their scholarship's.
  • by Bill Location: Farmville native on Jan 14, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Legalize pot and be done with it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    both teams play alike
  • by Asher Location: gville on Jan 14, 2010 at 01:42 PM
    Its more than jus the basketball players check the football team
  • by enc Location: enc on Jan 14, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    tickle down sports...the college football and basketball people mirror what they see at the next level. high schoolers mirror what they see at the college/pro level. It statrts with family discipline and not worshipping pro athletes by falling into the trap of paying high prices for tickets and apparel which inturns gives immature kids too much money at too young an age.
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