Top North Carolina high school basketball prospect dies during game

James Hampton, 17, died on the court during a Nike camp game.


A top North Carolina high school basketball prospect died on Saturday after collapsing on the court during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game in Virginia.

James Hampton, a class of 2019 prospect from Charlotte, collapsed on the court during his team’s second of two games, The News & Observer reported. Hampton, 17, reportedly suffered from seizures in the past few years and not play in his team’s first match that day.

Team director Jacoby Davis said that he saw Hampton runs into the court and tell an official, “Hey ref” for the collapse, according to the Sporting News.

“He just fell down on the floor,” Davis told The News & Observer. “He had attacks of a year ago and I remember that (one of the team coaches) who told me that” I saw his eyes rolling back in his head.’ I walked on the court thinks he had a seizure. A trainer came up and said that he did not know what was wrong. Another trainer checked his wrist. He said that he was not a pulse. It was crazy.”

NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, whose son was playing for another team, was at the game and tweeted his condolences.

Emotional day at the Nike EYBL in Virginia after the death of James Hampton. My thoughts go out to the young man’s family, friends and teammates. RIP, James. ??

— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) 27 May 2018

Hampton appeared unconscious while the medical assistants performed cpr, according to the newspaper. He was taken to a hospital in less than a mile from the basketball court where he was later pronounced dead.

The team is ready to play Sunday in Hampton’s honor.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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