The leading scorer on Brigham Young University's basketball team was charged Thursday with possession of marijuana.
Ronald J. Selleaze, 21, a key figure in the rebuilding of BYU's struggling basketball program, is scheduled to appear before 4th District Judge Gary D. Stott April 15. He faces one count of possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, a class A misdemeanor.Prosecutors said they won't file charges against Michael Garrett, who was projected to be a starting guard at BYU next season, even though he also was issued a citation for possession of marijuana March 16 by Provo police.
Both Selleaze and Garrett have been suspended from the team indefinitely by Coach Steve Cleveland, although they remain in school.
"We decided not to file charges on Mr. Garrett because the officers, I don't believe, saw him smoking marijuana," said Provo City prosecutor Steve Schreiner, who played basketball at BYU from 1989-1991.
Two other men who were in an apartment with Selleaze and Garrett were also charged. Lamon Holloway and Zack Ellison, who are not BYU students, face the same charge as Selleaze.
Police responded to a noise complaint at 1 a.m. March 16 at an apartment at 1799 N. 950 West, No. 23. None of the men was arrested.
Schreiner, who watched Selleaze play last season and maintains contact with the BYU basketball program, said the fact that Selleaze is a basketball player won't affect the prosecution of his case. Schreiner may be the prosecuting attorney during some of the court hearings.
"I don't look at the case differently," he said. "It's unfortunate for the program, and I feel bad about that."
Selleaze, who joined the team in December, averaged 17 points per game and was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference. He helped BYU improve from just one win two years ago to nine wins and an appearance in the WAC post-season tournament last season.