Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill The school confirmed Wednesday morning that the 22-year-old had died.

In a statement, UCLA coach Mick Cronin said Hill’s death was “heartbreaking” and that the former Bruins forward was “a young man with a warm heart and a great smile who left us very close.”

Hill’s family said on their Instagram page that they had recently learned of Hill’s death after going missing in Costa Rica, but did not provide further details.

“We know Jaylen played a role in so many people’s lives,” the family said in an Instagram post. As we try to navigate this terrible time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve.”

Josh Giles, Hill’s coach at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif.; He told the Los Angeles Times. “He was a great basketball player, but I loved him as a person,” Hill said.

“I’m so shocked I don’t even have any emotions right now,” said Giles, who told The Times that he had been in contact with Hill’s family. “Hearing something like that is next level awful.”

The 6-foot-10 Hill played parts of three seasons at UCLA before retiring after the 2020-21 season, citing anxiety and depression. An Instagram video announcing the decision. In the year

“I had to distance myself because the head position I was in was hurting the team,” Hill said in the video. “So I didn’t want to stop them from reaching their goals either.”

Hill was one of three UCLA players arrested in China on shoplifting charges in November 2017, along with LeAngelo Ball and Cody Riley. He was suspended for the 2017–18 season, but returned to the program the following season and appeared in 77 games. He averaged 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds during his career with the Bruins.



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