BY PARRISH ALFORD
Former Ole Miss basketball player Trey Pearson has been arrested for possession of marijuana, according to published reports.
A promising offensive player, Pearson started at point guard as a true freshman for the Rebels last season but abruptly ended his Ole Miss career by asking to be released from the team in April.
The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun reported in its Wednesday editions that Pearson was arrested along with three other men. All four are former athletes at nearby South Fulton High School.
The newspaper cited a Martin, Tenn., police report that identified Pearson as the driver of a 1998 black Ford Explorer who gave permission for the vehicle to be searched.
The investigating officer observed a knife on the vehicle's console and confiscated approximately 10 grams of marijuana, the report said.
All four men were charged with possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, issued misdemeanor citations and released, the report said.
Pearson had a highly decorated prep career before enrolling at Ole Miss.
He was Tennessee's Mr. Basketball after a senior season in which he averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 5.1 assists.
He was a three-time all-state selection.
At Ole Miss Pearson displayed a smooth shooting touch but was often reluctant to use it. He started all but five games in the Rebels' 14-15 season. He averaged 4.7 points and 2.7 assists.
He was the most prominent of six underclassmen to leave the team during or after the season.
Earlier this month, Pearson announced his intention to transfer to Murray State University in Murray, Ky., the Sun reported.
School officials distanced themselves from Pearson, however.
"He's not really part of our program yet," said Steve Parker, sports information director at Murray State. "He isn't on scholarship. He isn't even enrolled yet. He just announced that he has the intention of coming here."