17-Year-Old B-Ball Player & 2019 Prospect James Hampton Dies During AAU Game
No parent ever wants to bury their child, especially when their death takes place while they were doing something they loved so much.
On Saturday, James Hampton was doing what he always does and that was playing basketball with his peers and competing at a high level doing it. That all came to a sudden and tragic end for the Class of 2019 prospect from Charlotte when he died after collapsing on court during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game in Hampton, Virginia.
According to a report from The News & Observer, Hampton — who reportedly suffered seizures in recent years — collapsed on court during Team United’s second of two games that day. He did not play in the first.
Team director Jacoby Davis stated he noticed Hampton run down the court, look toward an official and say, “Hey ref,” before collapsing to the court.
“He just fell down on the floor,” Davis said, via the News & Observer. “He had seizures a year ago and I remember (one of the Team United coaches) telling me that, ‘I saw his eyes rolling back in his head.’ I ran on the court thinking he was having a seizure. A trainer came over and said he didn’t know what was wrong. Another trainer checked his pulse. He said he didn’t have a pulse. It got crazy after that.”
After medical assistants administered chest compressions to the unconscious 17-year-old, he was taken by ambulance to Sentara CarePlex Hospital.
“It’s hard to even explain,” Davis said. “To have a kid in your program with so much life, that’s just the kind of kid he was. He was always happy. For something like this to happen, I can’t even explain it. …”
Sad news from Hampton, Virginia tonight and the Nike EYBL. James Hampton passed away during the game and was only 17yrs old. Prayers up to his family and Team United family. No parent sends their kid to an AAU tournament never to see them alive again. Devastating😢🙏🏿 R.I.P kid! pic.twitter.com/vWtyx0Kreg
— Brandon Bender (@BrandonBenderB5) May 27, 2018