High school basketball star Mikey Williams pleads not guilty to felony weapons charges

Share

Mikey Williams, one of the nation’s top basketball prospects who has millions of followers on social media, pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Diego to felony charges related to a shooting at his home, according to ESPN.

Williams, 18, was arrested last week on five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle.

Police say Williams fired a gun at people in a vehicle that had left his home. They added that Williams had a weapon in his possession at the time of the arrest.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

San Ysidro’s Mikey Williams (1) shoots the ball during the Hoophall Classic high school basketball game between Christopher Columbus and San Ysidro on January 14, 2023, at Blake Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts. (John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

He was released on $50,000 bond last Friday, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

“Five people got into a car and as they were driving away shots were fired,” according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department incident report, according to ESPN. «The car was hit, but no one was hurt.»

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL STAR MIKEY WILLIAMS FACES A WEAPON CHARGE, OFFICERS SAY

Williams’ attorney, Troy P. Owens, requested that his client appear via video link Thursday as there were threats «that are public and online.» However, Williams must be present for the preliminary hearing which is scheduled for June 29.

Williams committed to playing college basketball at the University of Memphis under head coach and former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway.

Mikey Williams dribbles

San Ysidro’s Mikey Williams (1) drives to the basket during the Hoophall Classic high school basketball game between Christopher Columbus and San Ysidro on January 14, 2023, at Blake Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts. (John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Hardaway was asked about Williams’ situation, to which he said he did not «have enough information,» according to The Commercial Appeal. The school later released a statement saying it would collect more information as well.

Williams is the 34th recruit in ESPN’s Class of 2023. He garnered massive popularity on social media, with millions following him on Instagram and TikTok. But Williams deleted all of his accounts after the arrest.

Williams’ Instagram account had just under 4 million followers prior to its removal.

Mikey Williams looks on during a game

Mikey Williams looks on during the Pangos All-American Camp on June 7, 2022 at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

That popularity earned Williams NIL (name, likeness, and likeness) treatment before he stepped foot on a college court. Puma signed him to a multi-year deal in 2021, making Williams the first American high school basketball player to sign a sneaker deal.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

You may also like...