It has been nearly 3 weeks since Utah State announced the indefinite suspension of its best and most productive player, but on Friday, that suspension was lifted.
Utah State announces 6-10 forward Jared Shaw (16.1/7.8) has been reinstated to the team after missing 5 games for violation of team rules.
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) January 3, 2014
Utah State managed to go 4-1 in the absence of 6-foot-10 forward Jarred Shaw, but it is certainly a huge bump for a program with NCAA Tournament aspirations. After a stellar junior season for Shaw (after he transferred from Oklahoma State) where he averaged 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, the senior was poised for another big year, putting up over 16 points and nearly 8 rebounds per game this season.
Shaw was reportedly charged with a distribution of controlled substance allegation that triggered the suspension, but Utah State head coach Stew Morrill said this about Shaw in a prepared statement:
There has been lots of speculation and untrue rumors regarding Jarred. Jarred Shaw is a student-athlete who graduates this spring and who made a mistake. This was his first offense and he has served his penalty by missing five games. We will go forward from here, and our team is certainly excited to have Jarred back.
It remains to be seen if the 10-3 Aggies can make a legitimate NCAA Tournament push, but now, they have their full compliment of talent for the first time in weeks.