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Bay Area Basketball Standout Is In Custody For The Murder Of Lil Phat [VIDEO]

Bay Area college basketball standout Descansae White and at least five other men are being charged with the murder of Lil Phat.

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The b-ball standout was extradited from San Mateo County to Fulton County, Georgia to face charges related to the murder of the rapper.  White was the lead scorer at San Francisco State University’s men’s basketball team, but as you can imagine his arrest has cast a dark shadow over his future in sports or anything else.

As previously reported, Lil Phat whose real name is Melvin Vernell III, was murdered in Sandy Springs, Georgia last June in a hospital parking lot as he awaited the birth of his child.  Fulton County D.A. Paul Houston has labeled his  murder as “an assassination”.

It has been reported that White, along with five other men, hired hit men to kill Phat over drug related issues.  White is among a group of at least five who were all indicted on murder charges, felony murder, aggravated assault, criminal participation in gang activity and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to a rep for the  Fulton County District Attorney.  Also arrested were Maurice Conner, DeAndre Washington, Gary Bradford and former Russian mobster Mani Chulayev.

White’s basketball career has been well publicized since his high school career at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he graduated from in 2006.  The Pacifica native was a member of the San Francisco Chronicle’s All-Metro team before taking a scholarship to play at Texas Tech for famed coach Bobby Knight.  White was even a roommate with currant 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech, but left two games into his sophomore year.  He then transferred to Santa Clara in January 2008, but left that program as well two months later.  Then he reportedly moved to Atlanta in 2009 to start a career in rap, but after that didn’t work out, he moved back to the Bay Area and enrolled at SFSU.  He started on the school’s basketball team for the entire 2012-2013 season and averaged a team-high 12.5 points per game.

Ironically, the 25-year old just finished his senior season, only to be taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on April 24.  Since then he’s been extradited to San Mateo County jail, where he was booked and is set to appear in court in Fulton County this week on the 31st.

Descansae’s friends and family are in disbelief.  His father David White told reporters, “We are in total shock right now.  He is the most non-violent person I’ve ever known in my life. This is beyond anyone’s comprehension.”

Up until now, Descansae White has had no criminal record.  As further info becomes available, I will keep you posted.

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