REPORT: Talen Horton-Tucker charged, pleads guilty to misdemeanor theft

Mar 15, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Talen Horton-Tucker (11) brings the ball up court against the Kansas State Wildcats during a semifinal game in the Big 12 conference tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Former Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker has been charged and has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft, according to a report from Ames Tribune sports editor Travis Hines on Wednesday.

The charges were filed following a February incident at the Walmart on Duff Avenue in Ames. Walmart contacted the authorities about the incident, which occurred on Feb. 3, on Feb. 18 after reviewing surveillance footage of the self-checkout area for an unrelated matter.

The misdemeanor theft charge is for alleged thefts of under $200.

Horton-Tucker, who has declared for the NBA Draft and is currently in his hometown of Chicago for the NBA Combine, averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists while starting every game for the Cyclones as a freshman in 2018-19.

The alleged incident took place one day after Horton-Tucker scored a team-high 15 points in a 65-60 home win over Texas. He then scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Cyclones beat Oklahoma 75-74 in Norman on Feb. 4.

Horton-Tucker has the option to return to school for his sophomore season, but that is currently a longshot as he is expected to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft scheduled for June 20.

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