CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: Andre Cornelius #45 of the George Mason Patriots dribbles past Antonio Pena #0 of the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
George Mason has suspended senior point guard Andre Cornelius, according to a statement. A report indicates he has been arrested for credit card fraud.
Senior guard Andre Cornelius, who was expected to be a major player for George Mason basketball under new coach Paul Hewitt, has instead been suspended by the school, according to a report by Cody Norman. Cornelius' suspension is due to charges of felony credit card fraud. He has been arrested and will be arraigned on Tuesday, according to the report.
George Mason has sent out a statement indicating Cornelius will be suspended until his legal situation plays out. Via Michael Litos of CAAHoops.com:
Official GMU statement on Cornelius: "Cornelius has been summarily suspended from the team. The suspension will be in effect until the legal and University judicial processes have been completed."
Cornelius started all 34 games last year, averaging 9.5 points and hitting 38.6 percent of his three-point shots. He was expected to be the second-leading returning scorer behind Ryan Pearson. Leading scorer Cam Long graduated, and third-leading scorer Luke Hancock transferred to Louisville.