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Former St. John’s star Rysheed Jordan charged in shooting

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) A former NBA D-League player who starred at St. John’s University is charged in Philadelphia with attempted murder, robbery and other counts after police say he shot another man during a robbery attempt.

Police say 22-year-old Rysheed Jordan and two other suspects met three other men on May 27 in the city for a deal involving a cellphone. They say Jordan shot one man in the arm after he and the other suspects tried to rob them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Jordan was arrested early Wednesday after police say he ran from a traffic stop and tried to throw a loaded gun with a desecrated serial number over a fence.

Jordan played two years at St. John’s and was released by the 76ers’ D-League team in January after 11 games.

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Former UConn commit Brown arrested on robbery charges

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As one of the top prospects in the Class of 2017, 7-foot-1 center Zach Brown was a player on the receiving end of interest and offers from many of the top programs in the country. But now his future is in doubt, as the Miami, Florida native has run into serious legal trouble.

As first reported by CBS Miami, Brown was arrested Saturday night on charges of robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card, with the charges resulting in a bail of $25,000. In total there were two counts of robbery by sudden snatching, one count of armed robbery and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card totaling more than $100.

Brown originally committed to UConn in mid-January, and then transferred from Miami Beach HS to Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut shortly after making that decision. However his time at PSA was brief, as Brown left the school after getting into an altercation with a player following a game in mid-February. Less than three months later Brown’s pledge to UConn was no more, as the two parties went their separate ways.

J.T. Wilcox of CBS Miami touched on Brown’s childhood in his story on the center’s recent arrest:

Brown, who’s said to have converted to Judaism – the religion of his legal guardian, has had a tumultuous past. The youngest of five, Brown grew up with his biological mother in Liberty City and spent time bouncing around in various foster care programs before he began living with (legal guardian Michael) Lipman.

In what has been a tough upbringing, Saturday’s news is a sad turn in the life of Zach Brown.

Prosecutor: Case against Illinois’ Jaylon Tate dropped

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate after concluding there was not enough evidence to convict him.

Tate was arrested in March on suspicion of striking a woman. He pleaded not guilty.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Thursday that witnesses who were at a party with Tate and the alleged victim were going to testify that they did not see the two interact and saw her leave without injuries.

Tate is a 21-year-old junior. He was suspended from the team after his arrest.

He is one of three Illinois players arrested this spring. Leron Black was placed on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault. Kendrick Nunn on Wednesday was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery.

Illinois’ Leron Black gets probation for threatening bouncer

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) Illinois basketball player Leron Black has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault after threatening a bouncer at a campus bar and has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Thursday plea that Black was a candidate for probation because he took responsibility for the crime and had no prior record. The 20-year-old Black avoided jail time and the felony assault charge he faced after his Feb. 19 arrest.

Coach John Groce suspended Black after the arrest. A team spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about Black’s status.

Black is one of three Illini players arrested this year.

Juniors Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn have both pleaded not guilty to domestic assault charges stemming from separate incidents in March.

Stony Brook’s McGrew, Thrower charged with grand larceny

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On the day that Stony Brook introduced longtime Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals as the basketball program’s new head coach, it was reported that two members of their NCAA tournament team were brought up on criminal charges regarding an incident that occurred April 6.

According to the New York Post forward Rayshaun McGrew and guard DeShaun Thrower have been charged with third degree grand larceny and third degree criminal mischief after breaking into a Stony Brook student’s car and stealing his $5,000 tax refund.

Queens resident Jevreel Miller, 23, said the college ballers were rummaging through his car on campus as he walked toward it on April 6. He said the two men took off as he approached and that he pursued them on foot while calling campus cops.

When police arrived, he drove around in their patrol car until he was able to identify McGrew, who told cops the second man was his teammate Thrower, according to Miller.

McGrew was a senior on this season’s team, which lost to Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Thrower, who played just over eight minutes per game, will be a junior next season.

Illinois forward Leron Black facing aggravated assault charge

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Illinois forward Leron Black, who has missed the last 19 games due to a knee injury, landed in hot water early Friday morning as he was arrested at a Champaign nightclub according to the Champaign News-Gazette.

Per the report Black threatened a bouncer after he and some other patrons were removed from the club. Black reportedly took umbrage with the way in which he and his group were treated, ultimately leading to the confrontation with the bouncer. Black was found to have a folding knife, resulting in his being charged with felony aggravated assault.

[University of Illinois Police Lt. Tom] Geis said the security guard told police that Black and others were inside the club and that security was trying to remove people when “Black became very belligerent and hostile toward the security guard,” Geis said.

“(Black) yelled ‘I don’t have a strap but I’m not afraid to cut somebody,’ ” Geis said. “Then the security guard said he pulled the knife, opened it and put it within 1 to 2 inches of his nose.”

Black could face anywhere from probation to 1-3 years in prison as a result of this charge. Illinois announced Friday that Black has been suspended indefinitely as the legal process plays out. With the many injuries they’ve had to deal with, this hasn’t been a smooth season for John Groce’s team. And this latest issue certainly doesn’t help matters moving forward.