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Ex-Kentucky guard Darnell Dodson arrested Friday morning

Jeff Eisenberg
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As bad days go, Thursday was a doozie for ex-Kentucky wing Darnell Dodson.

First Kentucky coach John Calipari closed the door on the idea of Dodson rejoining the team on Thursday morning after previously considering the idea of allowing him to practice this season while focusing on academics. Then Dodson made a bad situation even worse by getting arrested for disorderly conduct at 3 a.m. Friday morning.

Dodson's arrest represents the latest twist in the story of a junior college transfer who Calipari brought in last season to provide much-needed perimeter shooting. The 6-7 junior averaged 6 points and shot 34.7 percent from three-point range but he struggled when it mattered most, hitting just 5 of 27 shots in the NCAA tournament including 2-for-9 in Kentucky's Elite Eight loss to West Virginia.

The burden of filling whatever role Dodson would have had falls on incoming freshman Doron Lamb and fellow returners Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins. Miller has to be a favorite to earn one of the two wing starting positions after playing 21 minutes a game last season and Lamb could start alongside him if he proves he's capable of knocking down an open jump shot.

Dodson's next move presumably will be to seek a transfer, a choice made more difficult by his arrest but probably not impossible. If Wake Forest center Tony Woods' former AAU coach has received 30 calls about a talented big man who allegedly fractured a woman's spine, then a gifted 6-foot-7 wing with a questionable attitude probably should draw some interest as well.

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