Drew, Nutt part way

The former Southeast guard was arrested May 30.

Jimmy Drew is no longer a member of the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program.

Southeast first-year coach Dickey Nutt said Wednesday that Drew will not return to the Redhawks following his recent arrest.

Drew was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on May 30 in Scott County and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

"Jimmy and I have had meetings and discussions and we both believe the best thing for him and us is to go different ways and for him to pursue another school," Nutt said. "I certainly appreciate everything Jimmy has brought to our basketball program and university and wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Regarding Drew's arrest, Nutt said: "I would rather not comment on that situation."

Drew, a junior guard from Anna-Jonesboro (Ill.) High School, redshirted this past season with a foot injury.

Drew averaged 4.2 points per game while making 15 starts as a sophomore in 2007-08. He led the Redhawks in 3-point shooting at 40.3 percent, which ranked eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference.

As a freshman in 2006-07, Drew made one start and averaged 1.7 points per game. His two-year average at Southeast was 2.9 points.

"I think it's best for both parties," Drew said of his not returning to Southeast.

Drew said he would like to continue his college basketball career, but has not yet decided where that will be.

"I don't really know yet. Hopefully I'll figure something out," Drew said. "I'm going to take some time and see what kind of options I've got."

Without delving into particulars of his arrest, Drew said he was hopeful of either getting the charges reduced or dropped.

"I've never been in any trouble," he said.

Barring any more departures, Southeast will have four returning scholarship players next season -- senior wing Johnny Hill, senior forward LaMont Russell, senior forward Israel Kirk and junior forward Jajuan Maxwell.

Nutt's first recruiting class currently includes six scholarship players, four from the junior college ranks and two from high school.

Two recruited walk-ons also have declared their intention to play for the Redhawks, including Nutt's son Lucas.

Dickey Nutt said there still is a possibility more players will be added to his first Southeast team.

"We're continuing to recruit. There are players available, some still trying to get academic work in," Nutt said. "We'll continue to try and improve our roster."

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