Former basketball phenom Hargett released from prison

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Jonathan Hargett has been called the best basketball player ever to come out of the City of Richmond.  Now he's just happy to be a free man.

Hargett was released Friday from the Indian Creek Conventional Center after almost five years of incarceration for drug possession with intent to sell.

Hargett was greeted to a Welcome Home party at Carter's Restaurant in Richmond.  Carter's was like a home away from home growing up for Hargett, and he's been offered a job all ready to work there.

But when asked what his plans are, there's one thing that comes to his mind - "I've got to get back on the court and rebuild my name," Hargett laments.

While Hargett has remained in shape doing pushups and other calisthenics in prison, he's not in game shape.  But his goal is to change that as soon as possible, and join whatever team will have him.

Hargett was the 2nd rated point guard of the 2000 class.  He began his high school career at Highland Springs High School, and finished at Mount Zion. Hargett was ranked ahead of future NBA players Mo Williams and TJ Ford.  He attended West Virginia, but found trouble, and was not welcomed back after his freshman year.  In 2006, he was busted for possession, and was incarcerated.

His party at Carter's was organized by his 13 year old daughter, Nylla.  Hargett chose not to have Nylla visit him in prison, but now he's looking forward to spending as much time as he can with his family.  And getting back on the court.

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