Ex-King, Saint Leo starfaces felony charges

Published August 13, 2006

Former King High and Saint Leo basketball standout Marquis McCullough was arrested Thursday on 11 charges, including seven felonies, his second arrest in less than three weeks.

The 2005 Sunshine State Conference freshman of the year at Saint Leo, McCullough was arrested by the Tampa Police Department on two felony charges of burglary of a structure, false imprisonment, burglary of a dwelling, possession of burglary tools, third-degree grand theft and possession of cocaine.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of battery, criminal mischief, harassing telephone calls and obstructing or opposing an officer. He was released Friday on $21,250 bail.

Only July 23, McCullough, 20, was arrested by Tampa police on four other charges, including felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He was released on $9,000 bond.

"I certainly hurt for him, and I hurt for his family," said Saint Leo coach Mike Madagan, who dismissed McCullough in October after his second arrest in five months.

A sleek 6-foot-1 point guard, McCullough was the SSC's leading scorer (18.4 ppg) in his only season at Division II Saint Leo. Upon his dismissal, days before the start of his sophomore season, Madagan said the door was open for McCullough to eventually return to the team.

On Saturday, Madagan said McCullough had been attending classes at Hillsborough Community College with the hopes of rejoining the Lions. But his chances of returning to Saint Leo ended with his July arrest.

"I had my concerns, I had some suspicions about some behavior," Madagan said. "I warned him, counseled him, and obviously he didn't heed the warning. . . . He's a grown man. We give advice, try to help and encourage and steer folks, but it's up to them to take the steps."