Hightower, the top scorer of the green wave during the 2019-2020 season, was detained without bail in Henry County Jail on Sunday. He is charged with the crime of crime, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and battery. He was scheduled to appear in court Sunday morning.
Hightower, originally from Lithonia, Georgia, was transferred to Tulane last year after playing two seasons in Georgia. He announced on April 18 that he was entering the NBA draft but that he still has one season to go.
An Henry County police incident report said the shooting took place in an apartment complex just before 11:00 am ET on April 8. In front of Anthony Long was shot dead and later died in hospital. He was 24 years old.
According to a Facebook article by the Henry County Police Department, Hightower is one of six men investigated for the homicide. Five of the men were in police custody on Sunday, including Hightower’s brother Jeffery. A man has still not been arrested, according to prison records.
A spokesman for the Henry County Police Department was not immediately available to comment.
Hightower, a 6 foot 5 inch junior at Tulane last season, averaged 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in his only season with the green wave. He has played 29 games in the previous two seasons with the Bulldogs, averaging 5.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 2017-2018.