We are too small to question God's Grace, but this the saddest thing and have to deal with it. James Hampton, a high school basketball player from Charlotte, North Calorina who played from Team United and was a Class of 2019 basketball prospect died during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game on Saturday night in Virginia.
It's hard to even explain,
said the Team United director Jacoby David on the demise of the 17-year old.
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. And to have to talk to a parent not even in town and tell him that his son has died, well, that's more devastating.
Hampton was a senior at Liberty Heights Athletic Institue in Charlotte who collapsed in the second half while playing against Nike Phamily. Nike Phamily is run by Marvin Bagley Jr, father of Duke star Marvin Bagley III.
Nike Phamily tweeted it's saddest condolences to Hampton's family.
Deepest condolences for the young man and his family. No words...
— Nike Phamily EYBL™ (@PhxPhamily) May 27, 2018
Davis told the Charlotte Observer, Hampton had suffered seizures in the past.
He just fell down on the floor. 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.
Emotional day at Nike EYBL in Virginia after the passing of James Hampton. My thoughts go out to the young man’s family, friends and teammates. RIP, James.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) May 27, 2018
David reported that the team would finish the game on Sunday to honor Hampton.
They want to play Sunday. They really want to finish it up. The coaches are just torn up right now. So it's going to be tough, but it's what the kids want to do.