The University of Cincinnati has issued this press release about Tyree Evans.

CINCINNATI, Ohio-- Allegations against University of Cincinnati men's basketball signee Tyree Evans have been made in Massachusetts, charging him with statutory rape and indecent assault from an incident last October.  Evans, a 6-3 guard from Richmond, Va., played this past season at The Winchendon School, a private prep school in Massachusetts. 

"We are shocked and saddened  to learn of the allegations against Tyree Evans," said UC Director of Athletics Bob Goin.  "We are in a fact-finding mode right now and will let the judicial process play itself out.  If these allegations are true, we will not honor our commitment to Tyree and he will not be a part of our basketball program."

Evans, the Player of the Year in the state of Virginia in 2003-04, signed with the Bearcats last fall.  He is the No. 3 all-time leading scorer in Virginia High School history, trailing only Allen Iverson and Moses Malone.  He enrolled at The Winchendon School this past year and was leading the team in scoring before missing the second half of the season because of an infection that set in after his tonsils were removed.

UC head coach Bob Huggins was stunned to hear of the developments.  "I am shocked to hear of these allegations.  We just found out about this," he said.  "We are in the process of getting as much information as we can."

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