Badger Signee Arrested

The UW basketball team received terrible news Friday morning, learning that blue-chip signee Marcetteaus McGee was charged with second-degree sexual assault Thursday morning. Coach Bo Ryan released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the incident.

The UW basketball team received a huge dose of bad news Friday morning, learning that one of its 2002 signees was charged with second-degree sexual assault, according to the Madison Police Department.

Marcetteaus McGee, a junior from Chicago's Farragut High School, was arrested early Thursday morning. The following details about the incident were released by the MPD in a press release:

"On July 25, 2002 at approximately 5:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of N. Frances St. for a report of a sexual assault that occurred. Officers responded and met with the victim and suspect who were both present at the apartment. After a lengthy investigation process, McGee was arrested and charged with second-degree sexual assault. McGee is an acquaintance of the victim. McGee was taken to and confined to the Dane County Jail. No further information is available at this time and the investigation continues."

Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan released the following statement regarding the incident Friday afternoon:

"I have been out of the office recruiting and was made aware of the incident with Marcetteaus McGee late Thursday night," Ryan said. "I have not had the chance to talk directly with Marcetteaus, nor have I spoken with my boss Pat Richter. We will urge Marcetteaus to continue cooperating fully with the law enforcement officials as they conduct their investigation. As the legal process plays out, we will continue to confer with our athletic department administration and campus officials to determine what action, if any, our basketball staff might take."

McGee, a 6-1, 165-pound point guard, signed his letter-of-intent to play for the Badgers on the first day of the spring signing period. His school has produced several NBA players, including Kevin Garnett, Michael Wright and Ronnie Fields.

McGee helped lead Farragut to a 22-10 record and received unanimous All-City honors, with the program ranked No. 2 in Illinois to finish the season. He averaged 16 points and six assists per game last season.

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