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Former U of L basketball star facing drug charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --A former University of Louisville basketball star is facing drug charges.

WDRB News has learned Moore High School graduate and U of L standout Manuel Forrest was arrested last week. 

According to a police report, Forrest was initially stopped by Metro Police for weaving from lane to lane in his car.  The report says that's when police discovered marijuana and crack cocaine in the vehicle.

This all comes as a surprise to people who played with Forrest in his heyday.  The former University of Louisville basketball star made headlines in the early 80s because of what he could do with a basketball on the hardwood.

"Manuel was one of the top five ball player in the country his senior year in high school," says Scooter McCray, former University of Louisville teammate.

But nearly 30 years after leaving the University of Louisville, Forrest is back in the headlines, however, this time there's no fanfare, no basketballs--instead a police report and mug shot.

"It's real sad and I'm still not sure what happened," says McCray.  "Anytime anything like that happens it's always sad to hear about a former teammate in any bad situation."

McCray was a college teammate and friend and talked to Forrest by phone several months ago.

McCray says, "Seem like he was doing real well; he was very upbeat. We talked about maybe sometime getting together and, you know, just catching up."

McCray says despite being one the nation's top basketball players out of high school, Forrest had a few major setbacks after he arrived on campus.  That includes the death of his mother. 

"And that was a tragic blow to him," says McCray.

And later, a season ending injury that may have cost him and his teammates a national championship.

McCray says, "And we always felt had we had Manuel on that team we would have won another championship 'cause we didn't have enough bodies when we lost to the University of Houston in the final 4."

Forrest played professional ball overseas but never made it to the NBA; McCray believes his setbacks in college are to blame for that...and maybe even his current situation.

"It could have hurt him the injuries and the death because he wasn't able to perform up to the potential that he knew he had and had displayed coming into college," says McCray.

Manual Forrest was released from Metro Corrections a day after his arrest.  Meanwhile, he is currently a basketball coach at Rock Creek Academy in Clark County.  The principal there would not comment on camera but did tell WDRB that Forrest has been placed on administrative leave.

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