Oregon's Cook, Abdul-Bassit arrested for shoplifting last month
According to the newspaper, the players were caught with stolen goods from a supermarket on Sept. 17. In lieu of custody, each was cited and given a court date.
Oregon confirmed that it was aware of the arrests when they happened and disciplined the players internally. Head coach Dana Altman released the following statement:
“We are disappointed with these two young men,” Altman said. “We expect our student athletes to conduct themselves as solid members of this community and team. Both are being disciplined internally.”
Cook, a redshirt junior, played in all 34 of the team's games last season, averaging 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He transferred to Oregon before last season from junior college Northwest Florida State.
Abdul-Bassit, a senior, averaged 1.9 points in 17 games last season. He's also a junior college transfer, having played at North Idaho College in 2012-13.
The arrests come in the wake of a bigger off-court issue for the Ducks. In the spring, Damyean Dotson, Brandon Austin and Dominic Artis were kicked off the team after it was alleged that they raped a female student. The trio were later suspended from the university for at least four years. No charges were filed after the conclusion of a police investigation.
Austin was denied admission to a junior college in the wake of the incident. Artis enrolled at Diablo Valley College and will sit out the 2014-2015 season.
In late July, incoming freshman Ray Kasongo was denied admission by Oregon and instead enrolled in a junior college.
Cook and Abdul-Bassit are two of just three returning scholarship players for the Ducks this season.
Oregon began practice last Friday.
- Ben Estes