Jalen Hill, a former basketball player at UCLA, passed away at the relatively young age of 22 on Tuesday night, the school announced the news of his passing. At this time, it is not possible to determine what caused the person to pass away. The head coach of UCLA, Mick Cronin, said that “Jaren Hill’s passing is heartbreaking.” Cronin described Hill as “a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon.” Hill was a member of the UCLA Bruins basketball team. Hill’s former coach, Josh Giles, stated that, “Jalen Hill was a great basketball player, but I just love him as a person.”
Our program is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former student-athlete Jalen Hill. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/JOUrHjh9NU
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) September 21, 2022
On Tuesday, George Hill, Jalen Hill’s father, announced his son’s passing to family and friends via Instagram with the following post: “Our hearts are crushed and absolutely broken to inform family and friends that our precious son, Jalen, has died away.”
On September 20, 2022, Hill traveled to Costa Rica, and on the following day, he was reported missing. Hill was later discovered dead. Since the death of Hill is currently being investigated by the authorities, the circumstances surrounding his passing, including the manner in which he died, as well as any other relevant information, may soon become public knowledge.
Jalen Hill was born in Tampa, Florida, and went to Centennial High School in Corona, California. It was at Centennial High School that he began playing basketball and eventually became ranked No. 47 in the nation for high school basketball. This giant player stood 6 feet 10 inches tall and played all 77 games for UCLA over the course of three seasons. His point and rebound per game averages are 6.5 and 6.4 respectively. On June 30th, 2021, he played in his final game for the Bruins.