Hendrix faces pot charge

A Tennessee basketball player is out on bond following his recent arrest on a marijuana charge.

Jemere Hendrix, 6-8. 220-pound senior post player from Covington, Ga., was picked up in his home state Aug. 13 and charged with marijuana possession and operating a motorized vehicle without a license. Booked around midnight by Newton County police, he was released shortly thereafter on $1,780 bond.

Hendrix, a transfer from Clemson, played in 28 games last season, starting against Xavier (Dec. 11), Alabama State (Dec. 14) and New Mexico (Dec. 18). His scoring high was 8 points against Belmont (Dec. 20) and Coastal Carolina (Jan. 2), while he hit his rebounding high (6) three times – vs. Belmont, vs. Campbell (Dec. 23) and vs. Auburn (Jan. 29).

Hendrix averaged 6.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2003-04 but slipped to 2.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 2004-05. His minutes dropped from 23.4 per game to 13.4.

Hendrix is expected to back up 6-10 Major Wingate at center in 2005-06. Hendrix also can play power forward.

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