Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill dies at 22

Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill has died at the age of 22.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Hill’s family said he died after he disappeared while on a trip to Costa Rica, but additional details were not released.

In a tweet, the university basketball team said it is saddened to learn of Hill’s passing and offered condolences to his family.

Hill was a star at Centennial High School in Corona, leading the Huskies to the CIF Southern Section Regional Division I championship game as a senior in 2017. He was ranked as the No. 47 player nationally in his high school class by ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-10 Hill played 77 games over three seasons for UCLA, starting 40 games, averaging 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Hill played his last game for the Bruins on Jan. 30, 2021, going scoreless in 11 minutes against Oregon State. The team announced the following week that he was sitting out a game against USC for personal reasons.

Hill later said the reason why he never came back to play was due to anxiety and depression after putting excessive pressure on himself to succeed.

“It was a tough decision to make, but once I knew what I had to do, it wasn’t hard, like I figured out, like, this is going to help me,” Hill told The Times in a 2021 interview.

DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available. City News Service contributed to this report.

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