N.C. State’s Eric Lockett played high school basketball at Whitefield Academy in Cobb County.
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College basketball player from Cobb charged with allegedly hitting woman

A college basketball player from Georgia has been arrested after allegedly hitting a woman in the face Tuesday, according to court records.

Eric Lockett, a graduate student at North Carolina State University, is from Warner Robins and attended Whitefield Academy in Smyrna.

The 23-year-old appeared in court Thursday on his assault charge and was ordered to have no contact with the victim, according to a Raleigh Police Department warrant obtained by WTVD.

N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts suspended Lockett from the team indefinitely.

“We will await additional information and will have no further comment at the current time,” Keatts said in a statement.

The alleged victim, Lockett’s ex-girlfriend, detailed the incident to WRAL.

The woman, identified by the news station as Saskia Guilbaud, said she swung at Lockett first, then he held her down. She said she then kicked him to try to escape, WRAL reported. She said Lockett elbowed her in the eye and grabbed her throat.

Guilbaud told WRAL she wanted the charges against Lockett dropped.

Lockett remained in the Wake County jail as of noon Thursday, records show. His bond was set at $1,500.

A graduate transfer from Florida International University, Lockett was averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds this season. He has played in 22 games, starting two. Lockett was not with the team during Wednesday’s victory over Syracuse.

He also attended Chipola College and George Mason University.

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