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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Report: Tavares jailed on weapon charge

By ESPNBoston.com

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."