Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill dead at 22, his family says

Jalen Hill, a former basketball standout at UCLA and Corona Centennial High, has died.

The tragic news was confirmed by Hill’s high school basketball coach Josh Giles, who coached Hill for four years. He was 22 years old.

Giles and Hill grew very close during Hill’s time at Centennial.

“He lived on the same block as I did. I’d pick him up and take him to school every day with (teammate) Sedrick Barefield,” Giles said. “It would take 25 minutes to get to and from school every day, so we’d talk in the car, and it was never about basketball.”

“We’d talk politics, relationships, religion. He was a very curious, intelligent kid. I loved him. He was the best,” Giles added.

Hill’s father, George Hill, posted a tribute on Instagram, also confirming Hill’s passing.

“Our hearts are shattered and completely broken to inform family and friends that our beloved son, Jalen, has passed away,” the post reads. “Jalen went missing while in Costa Rica and we have recently learned of his passing. …”

No cause of death has been provided, but Giles confirmed the news after exchanging text messages with George Hill.

“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people,” the family post reads. “We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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