Star HS Basketball Prospect Caleb White Dies After Collapsing During Workout

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A top high school basketball prospect from Alabama died Thursday after suffering a medical emergency. He was 17.

Pinson Valley High School senior Caleb White collapsed during a workout, according to The coroner’s office said EMA personnel attempted life-saving procedures on White, but those attempts were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s East Hospital.

“Caleb was an honor student, very respectful, high intellect, excellent role model, phenomenal basketball player, ranked 25th best point guard in his class in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Alabama,” White’s grandfather George Varnadoe Jr. posted on Facebook.

Star HS Basketball Prospect Caleb White Dies After Collapsing During Workout
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White was a standout basketball player for Pinson Valley. In his junior season, he was one of three finalists for Class 6A player of the year and was a first-team all-state selection. He averaged 20.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals for the Indians in 2022-23.

White last played in the North-South All-Star basketball game in Montgomery last month.

Social Media Tributes Pour In For Caleb White

“Heartbroken,” Pinson, Ala., Mayor Joe Cochran wrote on Facebook. “No words can be gathered to provide comfort to a family and community experience the loss of young life.”

“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.”

And condolences continue to roll in on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Officials have not yet revealed a cause of death, but the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

Written by Amber Harding

Amber is a Midwestern transplant living in Murfreesboro, TN. She spends most of her time taking pictures of her dog, explaining why real-life situations are exactly like "this one time on South Park," and being disappointed by the Tennessee Volunteers.

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