Akron Basketball Player Suspended After Being Charged With Assaulting Teammate

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The University of Akron has suspended basketball player Khadim Gueye, apparently for fighting with a teammate in mid-December, following his Thursday arrest on a charge of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Gueye, a 7-foot, 245-pound sophomore transfer center from South Carolina, allegedly hit teammate Mark Kostelac, a 6-11, 250-pound sophomore, during a Dec. 16, 2018 practice.

A statement from Wayne Hill, Akron’s vice president for university communications and marketing, said, “After consultation with the city of Akron police legal advisor, the University of Akron Police Department (Friday) filed a misdemeanor assault charge against UA student-athlete Khadim Gueye, from Dakar, Senegal.

“This action followed an incident involving another team member that occurred at an earlier basketball practice. Gueye has been suspended from the team for violation of team rules, pending further university review and legal proceedings.”

Kostelac, from Chardon, prepped at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and has seen sporadic duty this season. He did not play in four of the five games prior to the alleged incident, and just one of the five games prior to Akron’s Saturday contest at Northern Illinois.

NCAA transfer rules require Gueye to sit out one season, with the ability to practice, before becoming eligible next season.

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