UTEP's Jackson Takes A Step Back

By Josh Herwitt - April 15, 2008

Stefon Jackson may have been one of the nation's most underrated players last year.

After all, the junior shooting guard unfortunately didn't get much national exposure playing in Conference USA, but he has been UTEP's top scorer the past two years and there's something to be said about that.

Even better, Jackson ranked among the nation's best scorers this past season with a seventh-best scoring average of 23.6 points per game.

Yet even worse, the Philadelphia native does not know what the future as a college basketball player now holds for him after being arrested Tuesday for hindering the investigation of a Pennsylvania shooting.

According to UTEP athletic director Bob Stull, Jackson's status will be determined by "university policies."

"Above all, our concern is for Stefon and his well-being," Stull said. "The investigation is ongoing, and we look forward to a resolution of this matter."

Jackson faces a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution, a third-degree felony, in a case involving his 20-year-old cousin, Willie Harden, after being held on $3,000 bail.

Harden, similarly, was arrested Friday at a fast-food restaurant near the UTEP campus as Pennsylvania authorities claim that he was responsible for wounding five people in a March 14 shooting in New Castle, Pa.

Lamar Reid, a 20-year-old also from Philadelphia, meanwhile, was found in Jackson's apartment and booked on a homicide warrant out of his hometown.

Harden and Reid were being held without bond and jail records neglect to show whether they or Jackson have lawyers, but deputy sheriffs did search Jackson's off-campus apartment and arrested a man wanted in a separate Philadelphia murder case.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 03:53 PM on April 15, 2008

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