Junior forward D.J. Hogg, the leading scorer on the eighth-ranked Texas A&M men’s basketball team, has been suspended for three games, starting with Thursday night’s home game against Buffalo. Freshman reserve guards J.J. Caldwell and T.J. Sparks were suspended for one game.

Hogg was suspended for violating A&M policy. Caldwell and Starks will sit out Thursday’s game for breaking team rules.

Hogg, who averages 14.6 points a game, also will miss A&M’s Southeastern Conference opener at Alabama on Dec. 30 and the team’s SEC home opener against Florida on Jan. 2.

For Hogg and Caldwell, it is the second time they have been suspended in the 2017-18 season. Hogg, along with junior guard Admon Gilder and sophomore forward Robert Williams, missed the exhibition game against Tarleton State for violating A&M policy.

On Sept. 30, Caldwell was suspended the first five games for an incident in May. The school did not elaborate on the reason for his suspension, but Brazos County court records indicate that he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. That case was dismissed Sept. 20.


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you boys are supposed to be young men by now, especially you Hogg. how stupid to hurt yourselves bb-wise and how selfish to hurt your team and coach and the aggie fans. the second time in this young season - what selfish idiots. I hope your teammates give you all a really hard time. in the old days coach would have you running after practice - gym laps and bleachers. dummies you may keep your team from the sec title or an ncaa berth. aggh you don't deserve to wear the maroon and white.

Pat Baker

Mike, I think you are wrong. Yes, it hurts the team to be off the floor, and we need them all to be the team we can be (final four), but not worthy, no way. They were deemed worthy when we gave them a scholarship and a spot on the team. We all make mistakes, and hopefully these guys will be better for this experience. We can win both games without DJ; may not, cut we can. Whatever the outcome, I pray these three learn to sacrifice their want for what it takes to be an Aggie. We can all benefit from that.

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