On September 29, Kansas guard Arterio Morris was arrested and charged with one count of rape, which ultimately led to his dismissal from the program.
Morris was suspended from the program on September 15, one day after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault in Denton County, Texas, in a case that followed an alleged altercation with an ex-girlfriend in June 2022.
Then, following his arrest and charge of rape, Morris was dismissed from the Kansas basketball program.
According to an affidavit (obtained by The Athletic) filed in Douglas County (KS) District Court, Morris is alleged to have held an 18-year-old woman down by the neck and raped her on August 26 in a McCarthy Hall apartment on the University of Kansas campus.
Morris’s first court date is set for 3:00 p.m. on October 18, according to the Kansas City Star, who also says that he faces penalties that range from “147 months (12 years, 3 months) to 653 months (54 years, 5 months) in prison and/or a fine of up to $300,000 and 36 months of post-release supervision.”
Somehow, with all of this going on, Morris has reportedly enrolled at Garden City Community College For the 2023-24 season, according to JUCORecruiting.com.
Given his legal history and current situation, it’s surprising that any program would want their name attached to Morris’s, but in the event that he is found innocent of the abhorrent allegations against him, Garden City will have former five-star and McDonald’s All-American on their roster.