ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -Guard Billy Humphrey was reinstated to the Georgia basketball team Tuesday after missing one game because of a weapons charge in which a small knife was found in his dorm room.
The move comes a day after junior guard Mike Mercer was kicked off the squad for ``being a disruption,'' coach Dennis Felton said. Mercer already was serving a 15-game suspension for violating the school's attendance policy for athletes.
Felton restored Humphrey to the team in time for Tuesday night's home game against Elon. The junior was unavailable for an 83-70 victory over Grambling after scoring 13 points in a season-opening win over Jacksonville State.
Humphrey agreed to a pretrial diversion deal that requires him to do 80 hours of community service and stay out of legal trouble for 18 months. With the case resolved, the Georgia athletic association lifted the mandatory suspension.
Humphrey was arrested when campus police, carrying out a search warrant for suspected marijuana, instead found a butterfly knife owned by the player.
Police said a dormitory janitor found marijuana in a trash bag, and officers traced the bag to the room Humphrey shared with Mercer. No drugs were found in the room.
The knife, which campus police described as a martial arts weapon, was a souvenir Humphrey brought back from a trip overseas, Felton said.
Just before the season, forward Takais Brown was dismissed by Felton for an unspecified violation of team policy. He led the team in scoring last season.
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