Freshman center Chris Washburn was arrested, charged with second-degree burglary and dismissed by Coach Jim Valvano from the 14th-ranked North Carolina State basketball team yesterday.
The charge is in connection with a break-in Wednesday at the N.C. State athletic dormitory in Raleigh. Washburn was being held under $1,000 bond. A Wake County magistrate said the incident involved stereo equipment.
"We want to emphasize that his academic progress has been satisfactory, but it appears that he has personal problems that make it inappropriate for him to represent the university or our basketball team," Valvano said in a prepared statement.
"We are all saddened that this step is necessary because Chris is a young man who had been making progress," Valvano said. "Hopefully, with proper help and counseling, Chris will be able to realize his potential as a human being."
Valvano didn't say whether there was any chance he would be reinstated.
The 6-foot-11 Washburn, a Hickory, N.C., native, was one of the nation's most highly recruited high school players. He started in five of N.C. State's six games; through five games he averaged 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.