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Harper charged with assault
Arrest comes same day as McDonald's All-American nod
Posted: Tuesday February 29, 2000 07:15 PM
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The University of Cincinnati withdrew its scholarship offer to basketball recruit Jerome Harper on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on an assault charge in South Carolina.
Harper, a 6-foot-5 perimeter player from Columbia, S.C., committed to Cincinnati in November.
Harper, 18, was arrested Monday as he practiced at Keenan High School in Columbia. The arrest came the same day that Harper was chosen to play in the McDonald's All-America game in Boston.
Harper was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond Tuesday.
According to Keenan High coach Zach Norris and the police report, Harper was arrested over a Feb. 17 altercation at the home of his aunt, Carolyn Agustas, 46, in Columbia. Harper lives with his aunt.
Agustas' boyfriend Saboor Rasheed, 37, came into the home and he and Harper began arguing, according to the police report. The two struggled and Harper struck Rasheed in the left eye while defending himself, the police report said. The reporting officer determined that the assault was mutual.
Harper's right hand was injured, sidelining him for a game on Feb. 18.
It marks the second time in the last two years that Cincinnati has revoked a scholarship offer to a recruit who got into trouble. It withdrew a scholarship from Cory Powell in April 1998 after the recruit from Independence Community College in Kansas was involved in an off-campus incident.
Cincinnati is serving two years' probation for numerous violations of NCAA rules in the men's basketball program.