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Sunday / December 8.
  • Nike pays homage to 17-year-old James Hampton who died at AAU event

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    James Hampton, a 17-year-old from Team United based in Charlotte (N.C.), collapsed and died at the Nike EYBL stop in Hampton, Va., on Saturday night, according to reports.

    It’s unclear exactly what caused his death.

    “It’s hard to even explain,” Team United director Jacoby Davis told The Charlotte Observer late Saturday. “To have a kid in your program with so much life — that’s just the kind of kid he was. He was always happy. For something like this to happen, I can’t even explain it. And to have to talk to a parent not even in town and tell him that his son has died, well, that’s more devastating.”

    Team United was playing the second half of a game against Team Phamily, the Phoenix-based team run by Marvin Bagley Jr., the father of former Duke star Marvin Bagley III, a projected top-5 pick in the June 21 NBA Draft.

    “He just fell down on the floor,” Davis said. “He had seizures a year ago — and I remember [one of the Team United coaches] telling me that, ‘I saw his eyes rolling back in his head.’ I ran on the court thinking he was having a seizure. A trainer came over and said he didn’t know what was wrong. Another trainer checked his pulse. He said he didn’t have a pulse. It got crazy after that.”

    Nike had its teams gather together to honor Hampton before games on Sunday morning.

    “I don’t know any specifics but do know that we will be doing a pre game moment of appreciation to honor him,” one EYBL coach told ZAGSBLOG.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.