(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – Caleb White, a 17-year-old basketball player from Pinson Valley High School in Alabama collapsed during a team workout and passed away shortly after on Thursday.
His grandfather, George Vernadoe Jr. revealed that White had a nationwide ranking of 25 as point guard and was No. 2 in his own state.
The incident occurred on Thursday when White collapsed at around 1:12 p.m. He received life-saving support until the arrival of the paramedics and was pronounced dead around an hour later after being hospitalized.
Alvin Briggs, the AHSAA Executive Director issued a statement with his condolences for White’s family and friends, stating that he was an exceptional student-athlete.
Joe Cochran, the Pinson Mayor also put out a Facebook post expressing condolences for White’s death and stating that he was “heartbroken” by the “loss of young life.” He added that it had been an honor to know White personally. He added that life was fleeting and it was important to experience it fully every day which is something that Caleb White had done.
His grandfather noted that White was not only an honor student but also a role model and an incredible basketball player.
In his junior year, White had averaged 20.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.9 steals, according to AL.com. In his sophomore year, his average was 17.3 points.
On Friday an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of his death.
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