Alex Abreu, the starting point guard for the Akron Zips, on Friday afternoon pleaded not guilty to trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana.
He was released from the Summit County Jail on a $5,000 signature bond Friday night following his arrest on felony drug charges, according to the Akron Beacon Journal, which said Abreu and another defendant made a video appearance in Akron Municipal Court.
Abreu was suspended indefinitely from the Akron basketball team, pending the outcome of the investigation, leaving the Zips' at-large NCAA Tournament chances in question.
Without Abreu in the lineup, the Zips (24-6) fell to archrival Kent State, 68-64, on Friday night.
In 29 games with the Zips this season, Abreu averaged 10.3 points, 6.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. The 5-foot-10 junior was the catalyst for a team that recently clinched its second straight Mid-American Conference regular-season title.
Akron was the favorite to win the MAC tournament, but even if the team fell short it was expected to earn an automatic bid based on its regular-season resume.
Abreu has no previous criminal history and has retained Robert C. Meeker, one of Akron's top defense attorneys, the Beacon Journal reported.
Police arrested Abreu and Austin Lee Durgala on Thursday after a K-9 unit detected the drugs during shipment. The package was intercepted at a local courier service and the two men were arrested when they accepted delivery of the package, which contained five pounds of marijuana, Akron police said.
Undercover narcotics officers and the U.S. Postal Service were involved in the arrest.
"It's just a very sad day for the university, for Coach [Keith] Dambrot, for the team and for Alex Abreu. It's really a tragedy," Meeker said.
Abreu's next court appearance is scheduled for March 22.