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Baker’s dorm searched prior to suspension

The University Police said Tuesday that they searched the on-campus apartment of recently suspended men’s basketball player Yusuf Baker.

The search was sparked by a tip from Phyllis Labaw, assistant director of Intercollegiate Athletics, who told police earlier this week that she had found what she thought was marijuana in Baker’s living room.

Police say they searched the apartment in the Holly C residence hall and found nothing.

Baker shares the apartment with Sheldon Franklin, who was recently booted from the team for questionable SAT scores.

Head coach Robert McCullum would not comment on Baker’s suspension or say if it was connected to the alleged discovery of marijuana.

“(Labaw) observed what appeared to be marijuana residue in a common area,” Mike Klingebiel, spokesman for UP said. “An officer was notified and made contact with Mr. (Baker) and Mr. Franklin. The officer asked for permission to look around. The officer looked and nothing was located.”

Labaw was reached, but would not comment on the situation.

Baker, a rising sophomore, led the Bulls in 2003 with 34 blocks and averaged 58.4 percent in shooting during his freshman season.

Baker could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.