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Bulls place Waldon on suspension

South Florida's second-leading scorer punished for "unacceptable behavior.''

By ANTONYA ENGLISH

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 31, 2001


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TAMPA -- South Florida forward B.B. Waldon, the second-leading scorer and leader of the men's basketball team, is suspended indefinitely for "behavior unacceptable for a member of the basketball program."

In a statement Tuesday, coach Seth Greenberg said he would have no further comment.

He stuck to that at his weekly media luncheon, refusing to give details about Waldon's misconduct or how long the suspension would last.

"If you want to talk about Louisville, that's great. If you want to talk about B.B. Waldon, I'm not going to do it," Greenberg said.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records indicate Waldon has not been arrested.

Waldon is the second Bulls standout to be suspended this season. Junior forward Altron Jackson was suspended for the first half of the Dec. 7 Florida State game.

"It's not disappointing; it's part of life," Greenberg said about having to suspend his two stars. "There are things that are bigger than basketball. ... The world is bigger than just a win and a loss and the bounce of a ball. Our job is to make sure our players are prepared for life. They are going to have a lot more life away from basketball than they are going to have with basketball."

Waldon's suspension comes at a crucial time for the Bulls, who near the midway point of the Conference USA season. South Florida hosts struggling, but resurgent of late, Louisville tonight, then travels to Tulane on Saturday.

With Waldon out, senior forward Chonsey Asbury moves into the power forward position, Greenberg said. Asbury is averaging 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Transfer center Mike Bernard and sophomore center Will McDonald will see increased playing time.

"Jimmy Baxter will have to get some of the minutes Chonsey was getting at (small forward)," Greenberg said. "Chonsey Asbury has got to perform. We beat Louisville at Louisville (in 1997-98) with Chonsey as our starting (power forward). ... Chonsey is going to step in and play great. I don't have any concerns."

Last week Greenberg praised Waldon for his maturity and leadership. He said Tuesday that he isn't concerned about the suspension distracting the team.

"I have unbelievable confidence in our team," Greenberg said. "I've got a tremendous belief in our guys that they will not be distracted. I really do. I know Chonsey Asbury; I know he will step up. I know Cedric Smith. I know Artha Reeves. I know Mike Bernard will relish the opportunity; I know Jimmy Baxter is excited about the opportunity. Disappointed but excited at the same time."

Waldon, 21, is among the top five scorers in USF history, hitting 1,000 points this season. He is among the top 10 in Conference USA in scoring (tied for sixth), rebounding (ninth), field-goal percentage (fifth), steals (third) and offensive rebounds (eighth).

He has been C-USA Player of the Week twice this season and scored 28 points twice and a season-high 29 against Eastern Illinois. He has led the team in rebounding nine times.

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