Inside Jalen Hill’s Basketball Career After Starring For The UCLA Bruins In College Before His Sad Death At 22

Former UCLA Bruins basketball player Jalen Hill has tragically passed away at the age of 22.

The former student-athlete was reported missing while in Costa Rica, before his death was announced.

Jalen Hill played for the UCLA Bruins for three years

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Jalen Hill played for the UCLA Bruins for three yearsCredit: Getty
Jalen Hill retired from basketball in 2021

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Jalen Hill retired from basketball in 2021Credit: Getty

His father confirmed the news on Tuesday via an Instagram post, as confirmed by Sports Illustrated, stating, “Our hearts are broken and completely broken to inform family and friends that our beloved son Jalen has passed away.”

“Jalen disappeared while in Costa Rica and we recently learned of his death. We know many will have questions but we are unable to share details at this time.

“As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you give us time to grieve.”

Born in Tampa, Florida, Hill was the son of George, who played on the Kansas State basketball team from 1993-1996.

What we know about Jalen Hill, who passed away at age 22
Former UCLA basketball player dies at 22 after disappearing in Costa Rica

Hill followed his father into the world of basketball, playing for the Centennial High School varsity for four years.

In 2015, Hill was a member of the USA basketball team at the FIBA ​​Americas Under-16 Championship.

Hill played in every championship game, winning a gold medal after 5-0, averaging 8.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

When it comes to graduating and taking the next step, Hill was ranked 47th nationwide by ESPN, UCLA.

In 2017, along with two teammates, Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball, Hill was arrested in China.

The three were charged with shoplifting and subsequently suspended for their first year.

In a video posted to his Instagram last September, Hill said that since that incident, “from that point on, I was really trying to get somewhere fast and I was trying to get to the league.

“I was looking at a goal in mind, and yes, it’s a cool goal. A lot of people have that goal.

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“And I was really trying to go super fast like that would help. Because I felt like I was late.

“And in doing that, it really made me stumble more than if I just took my time and enjoyed the environment and the company that I had with the people around me.”

While Ball left the show, Hill and Riley returned to debut in 2018.

As a sophomore, Hill started fifteen of his 33 total appearances, averaging 4.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Hill finished fourteenth in the Pac-12 in rebounds at 6.0 per game, and finished with a field goal percentage of 0.589 in the Pac-12.

That upward trend continued in 2019 as Hill enjoyed a career year for the Bruins.

Hill started 25 of 30 games, averaging 9.0 points and a team with high rebounds per game with 6.9 and blocks with 1.1.

His ninth-place finish in rebounds, seventh in offensive rebounds, and eighth in blocks, along with his four double-doubles were enough for him to be named an honorable mention in the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors. .

Unfortunately for Hill, his freshman year proved to be his last.

Hill missed the Bruins’ first four games due to a knee injury and his last sixteen games for personal reasons.

During his fourteen appearances, none of which he started, Hill averaged 6.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

Jalen Hill retired after his freshman year

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Jalen Hill retired after his freshman yearCredit: Getty
Jalen Hill explained that he was suffering from mental health issues via his Instagram

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Jalen Hill explained that he was suffering from mental health issues via his InstagramCredit: JALEN HILL/INSTAGRAM

In April 2021, Hill chose to retire from the sport due to anxiety and depression.

In an Instagram video, Hill said that her mental health issues started after her arrest in 2017, “I really didn’t want to open up.

“And it came up last year, and then this year, and then COVID happened and all that – it was a lot for me.

“So I had to take a step back. And when I did it was a whole new life. I’ve never felt so happy before in my life.”

Hill explained that when he had previously returned to the team, it was difficult for him to “go back to a past life when I was trying to live up to someone’s expectations of me, trying to live up to someone’s perception of what my life should be like, rather than trying to live up to someone else’s expectations of me.” just be who I am.”

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