FGCU men’s hoops player arrested

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FORT MYERS, Fla. A Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball player was arrested and is facing charges related to a car burglary, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Courtney Morrell Williamsonbey, 20, better known as C.J. Williamson, was suspended indefinitely from the team Feb. 2, the day after the burglary is alleged to have taken place on campus.

Williamson, who previously played at Texas Tech, was already sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Surveillance footage and tipsters led campus police to identify Williamson and another man, 21-year-old Jordan Burkes of 19501 Skidmoore Way in Fort Myers, as suspects. Williamson told police he and Burkes committed the burglaries and took multiple items from the car that were valued at a total of more than $2,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

Williamson, whose address is listed by the sheriff’s office simply as North Lake L3 in Fort Myers, was arrested Feb. 9 and released the next day. Burkes was also arrested Feb. 9 and remains in custody. Burkes is facing a marijuana possession charge as well.

Williamson’s suspension bars him from practicing with the team. His future with the Eagles is unclear, though FGCU spokesman Jason MacBain said Wednesday his status as a member of the team remains unchanged.

“We’re still evaluating the situation,” FGCU athletics director Ken Kavanagh said.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Williamson joined the program in August after seeing limited playing time last season as a freshman at Texas Tech. He chose the Eagles over Virginia Tech.

A versatile swingman capable of playing point guard, shooting guard and small forward, Williamson was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2015 according to FloridaHoops.com. 247Sports.com, Future150.com, ESPN and Rivals.com rated him a three-star recruit.

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