A Hokie basketball player is playing defense in a different court.
Virginia Tech freshman swingman Jarell Eddie is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to court records. He was arrested Feb. 15.
Eddie is due to appear in Montgomery County General District Court in Christiansburg on April 21.
Eddie did not play in Saturday’s 61-54 loss at Virginia.
Tech head coach Seth Greenberg declined to comment on Eddie’s situation during Monday’s weekly teleconference.
“If you want to talk about Wake Forest-Duke I’d be glad to talk to you about that,” Greenberg said when asked about Eddie.
A Virginian-Pilot report said Eddie will play at Wake Forest after passing a drug test.
The Hokies, who have been ravaged by injuries this season, entered the season No. 21 in the country.
After the loss of JT Thompson (knee), Dorenzo Hudson (foot), Cadarian Raines (foot), Allan Chaney (heart condition) and Ben Boggs (transfer), Greenberg’s bench was as short as it has been in his time in Blacksburg.
Eddie, a native of Charlotte, N.C., is averaging 10.6 minutes and 2.6 points per game this season.
Before Saturday’s loss at Virginia, Eddie had appeared in every game, giving Greenberg and the Hokies a serviceable reserve in the frontcourt.
A four-star recruit, Eddie was the highest rated prospect recruited to Tech since 2007’s stellar class of Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and Hudson.
He represents a wave in strong recruiting by the Hokies’ staff, continuing next year with the nation’s No. 12 recruiting class.
The Hokies face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Tuesday before hosting the Duke Blue Devils Saturday.
ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Blacksburg for Saturday’s contest.