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New York hoops star charged with first-degree robbery

If Wings (New York) Academy point guard Deonte Houston picked up a paper in the city this past year, chances were good he could have turned the page to the preps section and found a story about his last game.

Coming into his senior year, the 6-foot Houston was one of the most talked about players in the the Bronx area with a bright future ahead of him. After leading Wings Academy to the Bronx borough title this year and the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA semifinals, Houston seemed destined to play at the Division I level, with a number of school courting him during his senior year.

On the verge of graduating and his dream of playing college basketball still a reality, Houston all but sealed his fate of not playing at the next level with first-degree robbery charges that have now put graduating from high school in jeopardy as well.

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As the New York Post reported, Houston was arrested after he and a group of friends rode their bikes to Pugsley Creek Park in Clason Point and circled another teen at gun point for his $269 iPod touch. After stealing the item, they rode off, but not before a witness was able to get a good look at Houston and pick him out of a lineup. Judging by Houston's success this past season on the court, it's no surprise he was the only member of the group that has been arrested since the incident. Most probably knew his face.

Needless to say, the news has hit the community hard, including Houston's grandfather, Wycliffe Rembert, who told the New York Post he was now "worried" about his grandson's chances of playing at the next level.

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"He's getting ready to graduate. We don't need this kind of trouble," Rembert told the New York Post.

At this point, Houston has already done the biggest damage of all. While he was still being considered by a handful of colleges, he was never officially offered a scholarship. After this incident, the chances of ever receiving a scholarship are slim.

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