Alabama High School Basketball Phenom Collapses, Dies On Court

Charlette White, Caleb’s mother, said that he died from cardiac arrest.

Caleb White, a highly-touted, 17-year-old high school basketball died Thursday (August 10) after suffering a medical emergency at school.

According to USA Today, White, a senior all-state point guard at Pinson Valley High School, Pinson, Ala., collapsed during a pickup game with his teammates. After life-saving efforts were performed on him by medical personnel, he was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Charlette White, Caleb’s mother, told he died from complications from a cardiac arrest.

An official autopsy is scheduled for Friday (August 18).

White's death was shared by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Caleb’s family, his classmates, and basketball team, and extended school family," said Alvin Briggs executive director of AHSAA. “He was an outstanding student-athlete who played in the North-South All-Star Basketball Game last month. He was an outstanding student-athlete and role model."

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Pinson Mayor Joe Cochran shared his condolences regarding White’s untimely death in a post on Facebook.

"No words can be gathered to provide comfort to a family and community experiencing the loss of young life," Cochran’s post read.. "Please lift Caleb's family and friends along with the entire PVHS community in prayer for the hours, weeks, months and years ahead. I was honored to know Caleb personally and loved the spirit he carried. Life is fleeting, enjoy every day as the treasure it is, I know Caleb did."

As a junior, White had a standout season averaging 20.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.9 steals as a junior.

White was named a finalist for the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A Player of the Year.

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