The 6-foot-2 senior guard was reportedly charged with misdemeanor petit larceny by VCU police after stealing an iPhone 5 at VCU's Cary Street Gym on July 24, according to a report in the Richmond Times Dispatch. A hearing is set for Sept. 25.
"Briante has failed to live up to the standards we've set for our program and we are holding him accountable," head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. "Part of his discipline includes missed competition. We expect that Briante will act according to the standards of our program moving forward."
The 21-year-old averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.5 steals last season for the Rams (26-9), who lost to Stephen F. Austin in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.
- Chris Mascaro