Akron basketball sophomore center Khadim Gueye is facing assault charges after an alleged practice incident earlier this year.
The seven-footer was arrested on Thursday after allegedly punching teammate Mark Kostelac in mid-December.
Per a police report on the incident, Gueye “struck the victim multiple times unprovoked while the victim was not looking.”
Kostelac was knocked out in the alleged attack, and lost multiple teeth, per the police report. He may need reconstructive surgery.
Gueye, a redshirt sophomore, had been sitting out the season for the Zips. The Senegal native transferred in from South Carolina earlier in the year.
Kostelac is a 6-foot-11 center from nearby Cleveland.
Khadim Gueye faces a first-degree misdemeanor assault charge, to which he plead not guilty.
Akron coach John Groce says he will let the legal situation play itself out before making any further decisions.
From the Akron Beacon Journal:
“Obviously, at this point in time, I have to let the process take its course,” UA coach John Groce said when asked about Gueye’s status with the team.
“At some point in time when it’s more appropriate, I can comment more,” Groce said, citing his players’ privacy.
Akron men’s basketball is currently 9-6 overall and 1-1 in MAC play.