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Eason shot in head late Thursday

7/17/2009

A promising basketball player from south Florida is recovering from a gunshot to his head Thursday night, according to police.

Jeremiah Eason, a rising junior at Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, is in stable condition following surgery at Broward General Hospital to remove a bullet from his skull, The Miami Herald reported.

According to local dispatches, Eason, 16, was shot around 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the Driftwood Apartments in the 3100 block of Northwest 19th Street in Lauderhill. He was rushed to the hospital where was able to speak with detectives before surgery to remove the bullet from a small-caliber weapon, police spokeswoman Capt. Constance Stanley said.

Eason, a 6-foot-6 forward, plays for the South Florida Elite on the summer circuit and had just returned from a tournament in Tennessee when the shooting occurred in the lobby of the apartments.

He is the 63rd-rated power forward from the Class of 2011, according to ESPNU and known for his high work ethic.

Christopher Lawlor is high school sports reporter for ESPN.com