College basketball star shot in the leg over Christmas break

EAST LANSING, MI – Rising basketball star, Jeremy Fears Jr., of Michigan State University, was recently injured in a shooting while visiting his hometown of Joliet, Illinois. The university confirmed the incident, stating that the injury to the freshman guard is not life-threatening.

The shooting occurred late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The university’s basketball coach, Tom Izzo, confirmed that Fears Jr. underwent surgery following the incident. Izzo expressed his commitment to aiding Fears Jr. on his path to recovery.

The incident involved an 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old female, both sustaining injuries from the shooting. The male victim was hit in the thigh, while the female victim suffered a pelvic injury. The shooting took place when an unidentified individual entered a home where both victims were present with friends and began firing shots. The motive behind the shooting remains unknown.

Although the victims have not been officially identified by the authorities, sources have suggested that the situation aligns with the details known about Fears Jr.’s case. The investigation into the incident continues, with police actively seeking the suspect.

Fears Jr., a standout player who was a McDonald’s All-American and a five-star recruit in high school, has been a consistent presence in all 12 of MSU’s games this season. The 18-year-old recently achieved a career-high of 10 assists in a game against Stony Brook and is currently averaging 3.5 points and 3.3 assists per game.