An American college in New Orleans has axed its star player after he was arrested and charged with murder.
Tulane University guard Teshaun Hightower was arrested over the weekend and charged with murder in connection with a homicide in Georgia earlier this month.
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Hightower, the team’s leading scorer last season, is currently an inmate at Henry County Jail and set to appear before court on Sunday in the United States, according to ESPN.
The 21-year-old is being charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and battery.
The Henry County Police Department released the names of six men who are subjects in a homicide that occurred April 8 in Stockbridge, Georgia.
Teshaun Hightower, who has declared for this years NBA draft has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, battery and possession of firearm during a homicide that happened on April 8th in Georgia.— Game Changer (@GameChangerTO) April 26, 2020
Teshaun averaged 15.9 points this past season. pic.twitter.com/UtqBUCVcOn
According to a police report, officers responded to a call for a person shot at approximately 11am.
The victim, Devante Anthony Long, 24, was taken to the hospital and died of his injuries, police told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Three of the six were arrested on Friday and Hightower was arrested late Saturday.
His brother, Jeffrey Hightower, is one of the two who have yet to be arrested.
Hours after news broke of Hightower’s arrest, the Tulane basketball program announced it has dismissed Hightower.
Tulane announces it has dismissed Teshaun Hightower from the program. Hightower was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder in connection with a homicide in Georgia earlier this month.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 26, 2020
Teshaun Hightower, Tulane basketball’s leading scorer, was charged with murder in Georgia.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) April 26, 2020
While he awaits his legal fate, the Green Wave has dismissed him from the program.
A horrible circumstance from every conceivable angle. pic.twitter.com/uOFiTJTfDq
Hightower grew up a half an hour away from Stockbridge in Lithonia and started his collegiate career at the University of Georgia.
He transferred to Tulane in New Orleans last year and announced on April 18 he would enter his name in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game with Tulane.
He averaged 6.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 29 games for the Bulldogs.
Young Aussie prospect to enter NBA Draft
Giant-sized Australian teenager Makur Maker will enter the NBA Draft.
The athletic 19-year-old stands 211cm tall and is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Australian cousin Thon Maker who was drafted 10th by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016 and now plays for Detroit Pistons.
Makur's mentor Ed Smith predicts the teenager's size, speed, athleticism and ability to shoot from distance will make him one of the top 14 picks in the June 25 draft.
"He is lottery talent," Smith told AAP.
"He is really the only true 6ft 11 player in the draft who can stretch the floor and still be physical around the basket."
Makur will complete his high school studies at the Pacific Academy in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, in June, but has been ruled eligible by the NBA to enter this year's draft.
Makur's parents are Sudanese, he was born in Kenya, moved to Australia in 2001 and has been in the US fine-tuning his basketball skills since 2015.
The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up this year's draft, with NBA teams unable to meet with players for workouts and the May 21-24 combine likely to be cancelled.
The draft may also be pushed back to a later date, particularly if the paused 2019-20 season starts back up later in the year forcing a revamped NBA calendar.
Makur is also open to playing a season with an elite US college and entering the 2021 NBA Draft if the pandemic delays the draft and current NBA season.
Makur, Thon and Thon's brother Matur, who plays in the NBA G League with Rio Grande Valley Vipers, have rented a house in Los Angeles and have been working out with former Sydney Kings big man turned trainer Anthony Susnjara.
Smith said all three Makers are keen to play for the Australian Olympic team.
Future Olympic squads could be filled with Makers.
Makur's 13-year-old brother, Maper, is 203cm tall and just moved from Sydney to play for a high school in Arizona.
"You know what is crazy," Smith said.
"Makur has a younger brother who is in Phoenix right now.
"He is an 8th grader.
"He is 13, 6ft 8 and talented."