Jalen Hill is missing in Costa Rica and was recently reported dead.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports that former North Carolina University (UCLA) striker Jalen Hill has died at the age of 22.
He was initially reported missing in Costa Rica. No details on the circumstances of his death have been released.
Before moving on to the NCAA, Hill was coached by Josh Giles at Corona Centennial High School.
“Just a good kid with a great smile,” Giles said of Hill. “He’s a great basketball player, but I just love him as a person.”
Jalen Hill’s father, George Hill, confirmed the death of his son in a heartfelt message on Instagram.
“Our hearts are completely broken. We are announcing the death of our beloved son Jalen to family and friends.
Jalen disappeared while in Costa Rica and we recently learned of his death. “We understand that a lot of people will have questions, but we can not share any information at this time.”
Four-star prospect Jalen Hill has committed to the UCLA basketball program for 2017-18. The season, however, was suspended for a year during his new school year after being suspended by the NCAA for his theft scandal with Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball in China.
2019-2020 Hill averages 9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per NCAA season.
Hill has unexpectedly announced his retirement from basketball in 2021. For anxiety and depression.
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