Where do Dawgs go now without Humphrey?

Billy Humphrey

ATHENS – Georgia junior guard Billy Humphrey was suspended indefinitely Wednesday after spending Tuesday night in jail due to a felony weapons charge.

University of Georgia Athletic Association policy calls for a student charged with a felony to be suspended immediately until the process is resolved. Humphrey's suspension started with Wednesday night's game against Grambling State.

Humphrey, who started the Bulldogs' season-opener and scored 13 points against Jacksonville State, averaged 7.5 points in 32 games (and 10 starts) last year.

The 20-year-old from Dacula was booked into the Athens-Clarke County jail at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday and released on $5,000 bond at 12 p.m. Wednesday. According to a University of Georgia police department incident report, he was arrested by a UGA policeman at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday after that officer found the weapon while serving a search warrant on Humphrey's room at Georgia's East Campus Village dormitory complex.

The apartment was being searched for drugs, UGA police Lt. Lisa Boone said.

"The search warrant was based on third-party information about drugs," Boone said. "No drugs were found in the room, though."

As part of the search of Humphrey's room, Sgt. Adam Fouche also barred Lawrence Asutaku from all UGA housing for one year for suspicion of violation of the Georgia controlled substance act, according to Fouche's report. Another visitor to Humphrey's room was arrested for failing to appear in court in Stone Mountain, Boone said.

Humphrey was not charged with any drug-related crime. He was charged with felony weapons possession on school property for carrying a knife with a blade of longer than two inches. That also is a violation of Georgia's school code of conduct. The knife found in Humphrey's room, which was a souvenir from a trip to South America, according to a Georgia official, was a gold butterfly-style knife that measured eight inches when open.

Humphrey's arrest continues a string of turmoil for the men's basketball team, which three weeks ago dismissed leading scorer Takais Brown for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Shooting guard Mike Mercer, the team's second-leading scorer, is serving a 15-game suspension for repeated violation of the school's academic attendance policy, and reserve forward Albert Jackson is serving a six-game suspension for the same reason.

NOTE: The Bulldogs did get some good news Wednesday with the signing of forward Howard Thompkins of Lithonia and guard Dustin Ware of Powder Springs. Scout.com rated Thompkins, who plays at Wesleyan, the No. 7 power forward prospect in the country. He played his junior season at Oak Hill Academy, where he averaged 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. Ware, a point guard, averaged 17.2 points and 7. 3 assists last year as a junior at North Cobb Christian School, a GISA school that won the Class AAA state title last year. The early signing period in college basketball began Wednesday and ends next week.

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