Ben Jordan the emerging Kentucky baseball player, who also walked on the basketball team last season it had a need. His death was confirmed by the school, yet the cause of death remains unknown.
We love you, Ben. Your memory will live forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/j7aYZ3uJYc
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said in his statement:
“Our hearts are broken today,” Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said in a statement. “We learned early this morning that we have lost Ben Jordan. It is difficult for me to express and to put into words what a tragedy it is to lose a young person too early. Ben impacted our team last season in so many ways with his kind heart, his big smile, and his wonderful personality. He cared so deeply about this place and it meant so much to him to be a part of this team.”
Ben Jordan was a player of baseball and basketball in Olive Hill, Kentucky, who redshirted his first year in college to recover from Tommy John surgery. A right-handed pitcher, he played in 10 games in 2019.
Further Kentucky Athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in his statement:
“He had a servant’s heart and answered the call whenever asked, including putting his promising baseball career on hold to help the basketball team when it needed him. I remember meeting Ben on his official visit to our campus and being so impressed with his passion for this state and the University of Kentucky.”