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Former Winthrop player faces pot charge

Former Winthrop basketball player Chad Dewitt was charged with possession of marijuana early Sunday morning after an incident at Courtyard Apartments on campus.

Dewitt, 22, was charged after a resident assistant at the apartments saw Dewitt throwing a bag of marijuana out of an apartment window, according to a Winthrop police report.

Dewitt, a senior on last year's team, was cited and released on $570 bond, the report states. His case is scheduled for May 20 in Rock Hill Municipal Court.

The report states at least four other Winthrop basketball players were at the apartment, which had a heavy smell of marijuana. The four -- Robbie Dreher, Matt Morgan, Reggie Middleton and Justin Burton -- said they did not know whether marijuana had been used in the apartment.

Another player, Charles Corbin, was "extremely uncooperative" and advised the others not to talk to staff members, the report said. He also said he did not know whether anything illegal happened in the apartment.

A seventh player, Mantoris Robinson, is Dewitt's roommate. Their room is located on a different floor than the one where Dewitt was found. Robinson arrived at his apartment while police were investigating the incident, according to police.

Robinson told police he did not know of any drug use in his apartment. The police report said a heavy odor of marijuana was in that apartment as well. Officers also found marijuana residue in Dewitt's room.

None of the players listed on the police report have been previously charged with any crimes in South Carolina.

Rock Hill Solicitor Chris Barton said people facing a first offense of simple possession of marijuana may qualify for pre-trial intervention or a similar diversion program.

Corbin, Dreher, Morgan, Middleton and Burton will be referred to the university's judiciary committee because they were uncooperative, according to the police report.

They also are being referred to the judiciary committee because they were in "an obvious location where marijuana was being smoked" and denied that anything illegal had occurred, the report states.

Winthrop athletics director Tom Hickman noted that Dewitt completed his eligibility this season. While other players were questioned, only Dewitt was charged, he said.

"We are continuing an investigation into this matter to determine if any athletic disciplinary actions are warranted," he said.

No disciplinary action was taken Tuesday by Winthrop men's basketball coach Randy Peele or the athletics department.

"We are trying to find out exactly what happened before we come to any conclusion," Peele said. "We have to be mature about this. We can't make any decisions until we know all the facts."

Peele met with the team on Monday and then met individually with the players involved. The team meeting had been scheduled since last week as a sort of season wrap-up.

Corbin, Dreher, Morgan, Middleton and Burton all started games for the Eagles this past season and are expected to be key players next season.

Middleton, a sophomore point guard, started 29 of 33 games. He led the team in scoring (10.1 points per game) and assists (2.8 per game).

Morgan, a 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore, averaged 9.6 points and started 27 games.

Corbin, a 6-7 junior forward/center, was a reserve but will likely start next season. Dreher, a freshman, started 19 games.

Burton played in all 33 games as a backup to Middleton.

He scored 11 points in the Big South Championship game at Coastal Carolina.

Dewitt played two seasons for Peele at Winthrop after spending two years at Spartanburg Methodist. He appeared in 14 games last season.

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