Stony Brook’s run to the 2016 NCAA Tournament was one of the feel-good moments of March.
Now, with the season over, SBU has the first troublesome story of college basketball’s offseason. The New York Post was first to report — and the university has since confirmed — that two Stony Brook players have been charged with third degree grand larceny and third degree criminal mischief. Both acts are felonious.
Senior RayShuan McGrew and sophomore DeShaun Thrower are alleged to have broken the rental car window of a Stony Brook student who had $5,000 in cash in said car. The money is said to have come from a cash withdrawal following a tax refund deposit.
“The Stony Brook University Police Department arrested two residential students in connection with a theft on the Stony Brook University campus on April 6, 2016,” Stony Brook Police said in a statement provided to CBS Sports. “The suspects, identified as RayShaun McGrew and DeShaun Thrower, were charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.”
That is the entirety of the statement. The school provided this statement to CBS Sports on Monday night: “Stony Brook University takes all allegations of student misconduct very seriously. All students are subject to the University’s Student Conduct Code and the University is taking appropriate action according to that code.”
The university is handling official response on the matter for now, meaning new coach Jeff Boals is yet to release a statement.
More info, via the New York Post:
Queens resident Jevreel Miller, 23, said the college ballers were rummaging through his car on campus as he walked toward it on April 6. He said the two men took off as he approached and that he pursued them on foot while calling campus cops. When police arrived, he drove around in their patrol car until he was able to identify McGrew, who told cops the second man was his teammate Thrower, according to Miller.
[Miller] said nobody has been able to tell him how to get his cash back and that he has been unable to get a copy of a police report.
“I feel like I’m being left out to dry because I’m out of $5,000 in cash, and the people who robbed me are back on campus,” he said. “I’m the victim here and no one’s defending me. They’re making it like I brought this on myself.”
McGrew was a starter the past two seasons for the Seawolves.
Stony Brook is coming off a historic 26-7 campaign, the best in program history at the D-I level. It lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as a 13 seed to No. 4 Kentucky. It was the first trip to the NCAAs in program history. Former SBU coach Steve Pikiell took the Rutgers job a few days after the Seawolves’ season came to an end.
Boals, who served as an assistant at Ohio State for the past seven years, was named coach of Stony Brook on Saturday.