Four players were recently dismissed from the Barton County C.C. men's basketball program.
According to a recent press release from the Barton County Sports Information Director, the four players are 6-6 sophomore forward Omari Westley of Cleveland, Ohio; 6-6 freshman forward Aaron Patterson of Indianapolis, Ind.; freshman guard Chris McMillon of Topeka, Kan.; and red-shirt James Drake of Cleveland, Ohio.
The four were dismissed following a post-game altercation last week against Seward County C.C.
Barton County President Veldon L. Law responded to the situation with the following comments:
"First and foremost, we extend a public apology to the Seward County
players and coaches, the college and its fans," he said. "We also want to
thank the Seward coaches at the scene for their efforts to stop the
confrontation and for contributing statements for our investigation."
Of the four players, both Patterson and Westley were major contributors to the Cougar program.
Westley had averaged 13 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Patterson averaged 9.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. Westley had started 21 of 22 games, while Patterson had started 17 of 22.
McMillon also played a significant role off the bench for Barton, averaging 17.8 minutes per game in addition to 4.2 points and 2.5 assists per game. Drake was sitting out this season as a red-shirt.
We will keep you posted on these four players should any new information surface regarding their situations.