ANTHONY Hargrove is staying with the Far Eastern University Tamaraws despite his arrest and incarceration for alleged drug possession in late February.
FEU coach Nash Racela has confirmed to Spin.ph that Hargrove is in the Tamaraws’ lineup for the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup preseason tournament starting on April 13 at The Arena in San Juan.
“He should start practicing this week,” Racela said.
Racela said police failed to file charges against Hargrove and teammate Adam Mohammed after they were jailed for three days following their arrest for alleged possession of marijuana just outside the FEU campus last February 27.
The American also tested negative for drugs after the arrest, Racela added.
However, Racela, who replaced Bert Flores shortly after the Tamaraws failed to make the Final Four last season, said Hargrove is not assured of a place in the Tamaraws' lineup for the coming UAAP season.
“It will still depend on how quick he catches up with the team,” said the young coach.
Racela refused to speculate on why the two cagers were released without charges by police - or on why they were arrested in the first place.
“What is definite is that walang charges filed and negative sila sa drug test,” said Racela.
Hargrove was one of the key players of the Tamaraws last season, averaging 7.6 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per contest.