Utah State center Jarred Shaw was looking like he might be draft material leading into his senior year after averaging over 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior--this after he left Oklahoma State after averaging one point per game his first two years.
But, that’s where the proverbial wheels fell off. Shaw was arrested in Logan for possession of marijuana last winter--resulting in him being suspended from the team in January. He served 10 days in the Cache County Jail--but received 36 months of probation.
Shaw, a 6-10 senior, was allowed to rejoin the Utah State Aggies basketball team after entering his guilty plea--and as a senior at USU had similar numbers to his junior year, which surprised some who believed he’d surpass his totals from his successful but not stupendous junior season. Utah State also missed the postseason for the first time in many years--but that wasn’t the worst problem for the Oklahoma State transfer and Dallas native.
Shaw’s probation currently prevents him from traveling outside of Utah--per the judge’s order. However, a Cache County judge did recently rule that it is possible for Shaw to file for an interstate compact, which would allow him to travel outside of Utah for other pre-draft workouts and camps.
For now, the former Utah State star will work out in Utah with the Jazz for a second time on Monday, June 16 and hope that something he does will either catch the attention of the Jazz--or another NBA team--before the draft. He obviously has already caught attention in a wrong way after being arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony--as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both of which are misdemeanors (a judge later reduced all counts to one third-degree felony.)
Shaw is also hopeful that his third-degree felony will eventually be reduced to a Class C misdemeanor--a county judge declined Shaw's request two weeks ago--and that his interstate compact request will be approved before the 2014 NBA Draft. In the meantime, Shaw did undergo a rigorous interview with Jazz officials and has been forthright with media about making terrible mistakes that night last December.
Should Shaw have been given a second chance? Everyone deserves an opportunity to right their wrongs, and the Jazz are certainly affording the Aggie star a new lease on life.