MORAGA — Daniel Kickert, a two-time all-West Coast Conference basketball player for St. Mary's College, faces possible misdemeanor charges following an altercation with another student on campus Feb. 20, hours after the Gaels beat Pepperdine.

Kickert, a 6-foot-10 junior from Melbourne, Australia, faced a campus disciplinary review committee within a week of the incident and was given sanctions that school officials, citing privacy laws, declined to detail.

Gaels coach Randy Bennett had no comment on the matter, other than to say Kickert will play Sunday in the team's semifinal game of the West Coast Conference tournament at Santa Clara, and that he expects Kickert to be available for the remainder of the season.

Kickert, in a statement released Friday by the athletic department, said: "I want to apologize to the St. Mary's community, and especially my teammates and coaches, for creating an unwanted distraction. I understand that being a student-athlete brings with it a responsibility to be a good role model and representative of our college community."

Athletic director Carl Clapp said, "Daniel fully understands we're disappointed in his behavior."

Moraga Police Chief Mark Ruppenthal said he expects the case to be forwarded to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office next week for consideration of charges against Kickert, 21, and Brendan Redwood, 22.

Redwood, who is from South Victoria, Australia, is not a St.


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Mary's student, Ruppenthal said. Both remain free without bond.