Teshaun Hightower, the leading scorer for the Tulane Green Wave men's basketball team in 2019-20, declared for the NBA Draft on April 18 with a year of eligiblity remaining. Just 10 days earlier, a man named Devante Anthony Long died in Stockbridge, Georgia following what is now considered a homicide.
On Sunday, in a shocking turn, Hightower himself has been arrested for Long's murder by Georgia's Henry County Police Department.
It's a stunning development for a young man who had his eyes on realizing the dream of playing professional basketball, to say the very least. All told, he has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, battery, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission or attempted commission of a felony, per Della Hasselle and Amie Just of the New Orleans Advocate.
Hightower, a native of Lithonia, was originally a member of the Georgia Bulldogs basketball team. He played two seasons in Athens as a rotation player before transferring to Tulane, where his on-court performance increased considerably.
Sadly, a man is now dead, and Hightower's future as a free man is at incredible risk.