Tulane basketball player Teshaun Hightower, who played at UGA for two seasons, has been charged with murder, along with five other suspects.
Hightower, 22, was one of five people taken in custody by Saturday evening for a homicide that happened on April 8 in Stockbridge, Ga., which is a suburb of Atlanta.
Hightower’s other charges include aggravated assault, battery and possession of a firearm by the Henry County Police Department.
The 6-foot-5 guard from Lithonia, Ga., was signed by former UGA coach Mark Fox in 2017, and played under Tom Crean for the 2018-2019 season. Both seasons, Hightower saw limited playing time for the Bulldogs.
Hightower was part of the mass exodus from the UGA after the 2019 season, after Crean signed a star-studded recruiting class, led by No. 1 prospect Anthony Edwards. Hightower landed at Tulane, where he blossomed into a pro prospect.
In his only season at Tulane, Hightower was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. He declared for the NBA Draft last week with the intent to retain his eligibility. However, Tulane dismissed Hightower on Sunday after learning about the arrest, per Nola.com’s Della Hasselle.
On Sunday, Hightower was listed as an inmate at Henry County Jail, with no bond amount listed.