NC Basketball Prospect Collapses And Dies During Game

NC Basketball Prospect Collapses And Dies During GameTragedy struck North Carolina on Tuesday night when Josh Level, one of the state’s most promising young basketball players, collapsed during a game and died shortly thereafter from unknown circumstances.

‘One of the top prospects’

As reported by The Greensboro News & Record and Greensville Fox affiliate WGHP, Level, a 17-year-old star for Greensboro (N.C.) New Garden Friends School, collapsed during a timeout break in the third quarter of a game at Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy. While a nurse on hand immediately rushed to Level’s aid, he was never resuscitated and was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to nearby Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Level was considered one of the top prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2014. The junior had already received scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma State and Charlotte and was also being recruited by Wake Forest and North Carolina State, among other top programs. Scouts Focus National Scouting Director Joe Davis told Prep Rally that Level was easily one of the top 10 players to compete at his Greensboro Invitational event in 2012.


‘Passed far too soon’

In an earlier interview with the Wolfpacker’s Jacey Zembal, Level said that he was motivated by his desire to prove those who had overlooked him wrong. Sadly, Level will never get that chance now, having passed far too soon while playing the game he loved.

What do you think was Josh Level’s cause of death? In line of this very promising player’s sudden death, should basketball teams implement a stricter health screening method for all its prospects?

Source: Cameron Smith, Yahoo Sports

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Josh Brent Watches Steelers-Cowboys Game From Sideline

Josh Brent Watches Steelers-Cowboys Game From SidelineJosh Brent spent Sunday’s game on the Cowboys sideline, a jarring sight a little more than a week after Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter following a car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. But Brent’s presence was requested by his teammates.

‘Criticized’

Brent, a defensive tackle who is on the reserve/non-football injury list for the rest of the season, wore a Cowboys sweatshirt and hat on the sideline through the team’s win against Pittsburgh. Brent had Brown’s No. 57 jersey draped over his shoulder during the national anthem according to some reports, including one from the Dallas Morning News.  Brent’s presence on the sideline was criticized during CBS’s halftime show of the Steelers-Cowboys game.

But the Cowboys players apparently wanted Brent, who was released last Sunday on a $500,000 bond, on the sideline. That follows the words and actions of Brown’s mother, who invited Brent to Brown’s funeral and has expressed that she forgives Brent.


‘Understanding the situation’

“What we wanted to do as an organization was support Jerry Brown’s mom’s wishes,” head coach Jason Garrett said, according to DallasCowboys.com. “The players encouraged Josh to be there, a number of phone calls, ‘You’re coming to the game.’ That’s just our guys understanding the situation, understanding Stacey Jackson’s wishes for Josh. She considers Josh a son and she loves him very much. We love him very much and we’re going to try and support him every way that we can.”

Do you think Josh Brent shouldn’t have shown up at the Steelers-Cowboys game? OR was it a move towards healing? Tell us what you think of the whole situation! Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Source: Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

Image: SI