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N.C. high school player dies after collapsing during game

Feb 20, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

Sad news today coming out of North Carolina as Josh Level, a 17 year old junior at New Gardens Friends School in Greensboro, NC, passed away on Tuesday night.

He collapsed on the court during a game against Quality Education Academy and died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Level played with Team Loaded during the spring and the summer AAU seasons and was receiving interest from schools like Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Charlotte and Cleveland State.

BallIsLife put together a touching tribute to Level which can be seen here. The video is kicked off with a harrowing quote from the youngster:

“Most guys, they lack the hustle and heart and desire to be out there on the court, because to play this game, you have to have a lot of heart. It’s a privilege.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Level family and all of Josh’s friends and teammates. The loss of a young man with so much promise is truly heart-breaking.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. sabatimus - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Does anybody know what he died of? It seems like stuff like this is happening more and more, or at least it’s getting reported more and more.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Terrible news…obviously. I can’t imagine what his family, friends and teammates are going through.

  3. enigma52 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I remember: Roosevelt Barnes. Bedford High School Class of 1970 Bedford, Ohio Died on court during practice. Cause, Undiagnosed enlarged heart. Could have been that generations Lebron James. In both of these deaths, “what could have been”. R.I.P. : (

  4. LogicalConsideration - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    What is wrong with the people up thread who are giving thumbs down to respectful, innocuous posts? (Cue the thumbs down on this post, too. Sad, though I do laugh with pity at how small their worlds must be.)

  5. florida727 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Have to agree with you #Logical. This is sad on many levels. It’s likely nothing that could have been foreseen or prevented. You have to feel for the family especially. The media and outsiders will only think of him as an athlete, and by all accounts a pretty good one at that. His family, friends, and teammates, know him in a totally different way… they know him as a person. They’ll be the ones most hurt by this. You can bet he’ll be a lifelong inspiration to those closest to him though.

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