Ben Jordan, a young rising star of the University of Kentucky’s basketball team was found dead on Monday at the age of 22.
The cause of death remains unknown.
Last season, Ben Jordan joined the Wildcats basketball team as a right-handed forward. Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari issued a statement on Tuesday, in which he stated, “Our hearts are broken today”. He further said that it is immensely tragic to lose a young person at such a tender age. He continued to pay tribute to the young player by reminiscing the time spent with him and elaborated his personality as being caring, kind, and wonderful.
Jordan had played in three games, while he was unable to score; he did make long-lasting impressions on coach Calipari.
Jordan also appeared in two baseball games in the previous season, but then left baseball to focus solely on basketball. The 6’9” tall Ben Jordan did not pitch last spring at all as he was still with his basketball team while the baseball season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ben Jordan’s previous head coach at the baseball team; Nick Mingione also paid a tribute to the deceased player. He stated that the heartache and shock that our team is going through because of the loss of Ben is inconsolable. Ben was a person loved and admired by all and his presence will be missed always.
Jordan, a native of Olive Hill, Kentucky was rated at No.97 overall prospect and No. 33 right-handed pitchers in his high school class of the year 2017.
He graduated from West Carter High School, and even in his high school days, he was selected in both basketball baseball teams in all three seasons. When he graduated; he was his school’s all-time leading rebounder and shot-blocker and was ranked 8th all-time for scoring points.
An athlete by birth, he left the world untimely and has grieved everyone whose life was touched by him.