20-Year-Old Arrested In Shooting Death Of Rising FL Basketball Prodigy

Police have arrested a man related to the November shooting death of a rising South Florida teen basketball prodigy.

Twenty-year-old Xavier Trueblood Braggs is facing a second-degree murder charge in the Nov. 12 shooting of 18-year-old Malcolm Nicholas III.

Nicholas was in the area of Northwest 5th Avenue and 17th Street in Overtown when he was shot and killed while walking to his grandmother's house from a nearby basketball court. 

According to an arrest report, Braggs was in the area at the time of the shooting and was later identified by a witness as the man who shot Nicholas.

Malcom Nicholas III

Nicholas played at Miami High and Mater Academy in Miami, and was taking a postgraduate year in Tennessee to raise his profile with college recruiters. The promising 6-foot-5 guard was being pursued by numerous colleges.

Police haven't said if Nicholas was the intended target of the shooting, and the arrest report didn't list a possible motive.

Braggs was being held without bond Monday, jail records showed. 

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