Banks is arrested for DWI

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt said Saturday he has not yet determined any possible disciplinary action toward Rae-Vonn Banks following his recent arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Banks, a 6-foot-8 junior walk-on forward, was arrested late Wednesday night. He turned 21 that day.

"First of all I am extremely disappointed in his decision making," Nutt said. "I make it clear that we will absolutely not tolerate anything like that in our program.

"It happened on his birthday, but that's no excuse."

Nutt said he and university officials are still trying to gather more information regarding the situation before determining any potential course of action toward Banks.

"He's been in my office twice within the last 24 hours," Nutt said. "We're trying to get all the facts together, then we'll sit down with [director of athletics John] Mr. Shafer."

Last season was Banks' first at Southeast after transferring from Missouri State-West Plains Junior College.

Banks played in 24 of Southeast's 30 games, all off the bench. He averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.1 minutes.

Nutt said Banks' status with the Redhawks was unclear even before his arrest. Nutt said several Division II programs have offered Banks a scholarship and he has been contemplating those offers.

"He's been trying to get a Division II scholarship," Nutt said.

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