Sad development today in New Bedford, where high school basketball star Jules Tavares has been jailed after getting arrested Sunday on charges that he brandished a handgun at a Wareham house party, according to the New Bedford Standard-Times.
Tavares, the No. 5 overall player from Massachusetts in ESPNU's Class of 2011 rankings, was averaging 18.7 points this season for the 9-3 Whalers. He was suspended indefinitely from the team last Thursday for violation of team rules, one night before they lost in double-overtime at Marshfield. It was the third suspension of the season for the troubled star, who led Wareham to a Division 3 state title last March before briefly enrolling at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.
According to the Standard-Times, Tavares was arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court, where a judge set bail at $2,500 cash and ordered Tavares be held at Plymouth County Correctional Facility for violating his probation from a previous malicious destruction of property charge.
Friday, following the Whalers' double-overtime loss, New Bedford head coach Tom Tarpey told ESPNBoston's Brendan Hall, "I'm proud of these kids. We've been through a lot in these last two days, and I'm really proud of these kids. Really proud."
When asked at the time about a timetable for Tavares' return from the indefinite suspension, Tarpey responded, "I don't know."