According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill died at the age of 22. According to the story, his parents reported that he went missing in Costa Rica, but no specifics about his death are available at this time.
Jalen Hill was a UCLA player from 2018 to 21, working under both Steve Alford and Mick Cronin. He appeared in 77 games with 40 starts over three seasons but left the club before 2021 Final Four for personal reasons. Hill averaged 6.5 points and 5.9 rebounds over three seasons.
Hill announced his retirement from basketball after the season finished, citing mental health concerns that he alleged began immediately after an incident on the team’s preseason trip to China. The COVID-19 virus and its isolation were also mentioned as major factors in a video explaining the decision.
Former UCLA men’s basketball player Jalen Hill has died at age 22, the school confirmed early Wednesday morning. https://t.co/9BW9lpxnuZ
— ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2022
Jalen Hill Retires From Basketball After 2020-21 Season
Jalen Hill announced his retirement from basketball in January and made a lengthy video on Instagram explaining his decision and detailing his emotions since then. He talked about how he felt a weight being taken off of him and how that affected him emotionally and mentally.
Hill explained that he had to put some space between himself and the team since his mental state was harmful to everyone. Therefore, I didn’t want to hold them back from succeeding either...
I’ve never in my entire life been this content. It was difficult for me to return to the team when I was attempting to revert to a previous life in which I was trying to live up to somebody else’s expectations of me, trying to live up to somebody else’s vision of how my life should be, rather than just being who I am.
I was doing things that were not me, and when I realized that, there was no way I could turn back, especially after everything fantastic that had been happening to me recently.
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