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3 student-athletes at Bryant University, former Hillhouse star, face assault charges

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Police say three student-athletes at Bryant University in Rhode Island have been charged in connection with an alleged assault on campus.

Smithfield police say 19-year-old Joseph Kasperzyk, of New Haven and former Hillhouse basketball star; 20-year-old Zahir Williams, of New York City; and 20-year-old Shelton McNeal, of Lakeland, Florida, were charged Monday with simple assault and other offenses.

Police say residents of a campus townhouse were awoken at 2 a.m. Sunday by people banging on bedroom doors. Police say the suspects assaulted two residents and broke a TV.

The NCAA Division 1 school in statement said Kasperzyk has been suspended from the basketball team and Williams and McNeal have been suspended from the football team.

Kasperzyk attended Hillhouse Academy in New Haven, where he led the team to two state titles in 2016 and 2017.

They were released on $1,000 bond. Their cases weren’t listed in online court records and it’s unclear if they have lawyers.

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