Former UCLA basketball standout Jalen Hill died recently after going missing in Costa Rica, his family said on Tuesday night. Hill was 22 years old.
“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people,” the family wrote in an Instagram post. “We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”
The power forward played three seasons for the Bruins and averaged nine points and seven rebounds in his breakout sophomore season.
“The news of Jalen Hill’s passing is heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Jalen was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said in a statement.