Ex-USF star Leather arrested on drug, gun charges
TAMPA -- Former USF basketball standout Terrence Leather, who led the Bulls in scoring in back-to-back seasons from 2003-05, is facing felony charges after being arrested in Ybor City early Wednesday morning.
Leather, 32, faces four charges related to the Tampa Police Department arrest: misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and open carrying of a firearm, as well as felony charges of destruction/tampering of evidence and being in possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. According to the arrest report, Leather discarded two baggies containing 5.5 grams of marijuana out of the back door of a car before police saw him with a loaded Glock 17 pistol tucked into the front of his pants. He was booked and released later Wednesday on $10,250 bond.
Leather, a 6-foot-9 forward who starred at Tampa's Robinson High, played four years at USF from 2001-05 and still ranks among the program's career top 10 in scoring and rebounding. He led the Bulls in scoring and rebounding during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, USF's last before joining the Big East. Since graduating from USF, he has played professionally in Iran and Puerto Rico, and most recently in South Korea this past season.
Leather could not be reached Thursday for comment. In a 2005 Times story, he spoke about trying to overcome a difficult upbringing that saw his father shot and killed when he was 2 years old; a sister Elizabeth was stabbed to death outside the family's apartment in 2000.