Eason shot in head late Thursday

Updated: July 17, 2009, 5:04 PM ET
By Christopher Lawlor | ESPN.com

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

Christopher Lawlor

High School Basketball
Christopher Lawlor has covered high school sports for more than 20 years, most recently with USA TODAY, where he was the head preps writer responsible for national high school rankings in football, baseball and boys and girls basketball. He also ran the Gatorade national player of the year program for nine years.