UPDATED 2:30 P.M. WITH COMMENT FROM JIM WEAVER
Virginia Tech forward Jarell Eddie appeared in Montgomery County (Va.) General District Court on Thursday to face marijuana-possession charges stemming from a February incident in Blacksburg.
Eddie’s attorney, Jimmy Turk, said the freshman was sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service after a pre-trial agreement. The judge has taken the case under advisement, Turk said, and if Eddie completes his community service and stays out of trouble over the next 12 months the charges will be dropped.
Turk said Eddie pleaded not guilty, but stipulated that if the judge had heard the evidence it would have been sufficient to find him guilty of possession of marijuana.
Turk also confirmed that when Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg announced Eddie’s suspension for the remainder of the season just before the start of the ACC tournament, it was because of the fact that Eddie had been suspended from school for the rest of the spring semester.
Turk said Eddie plans to re-enroll at Virginia Tech over the summer, and Greenberg has indicated he will be a part of the basketball team next season.
Athletic director Jim Weaver said Friday afternoon that Eddie will not face any additional punishment from the athletic department or the university. But Weaver said he is not sure whether Eddie will be allowed to play at the beginning of the fall or have to wait until a later date because of Virginia Tech rules pertaining to eligibility.
“Jarell Eddie is an excellent student, a fine young man and a great teammate,” Greenberg said in a school-issued statement when announcing Eddie’s suspension last month. “He made a mistake in judgment and is paying the price for that mistake.”
Eddie was initially arrested during a routine traffic stop following Virginia Tech’s win over Maryland on Feb. 15, and did not play the next game at Virginia. But the 6-foot-7 forward returned to the lineup against Wake Forest on Feb. 22 and scored a career-high 17 points.
The Charlotte native averaged 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 10.9 minutes per game this past season.