2014 prospect Josh Level passes away on court

By Robert White
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

High school basketball has been rocked by the tragic news of 2014 recruit Josh Level passing away during a New Garden Friends School game on Tuesday.

Level collapsed during the fourth quarter of NGFS’s game against Quality Education Academy. He was given artificial respiration by a nurse and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, David Tomlin, head of New Garden Friends School, issued a statement:

“It pains us deeply to inform you of the loss tonight of one of our students.

 Josh Level, a junior at NGFS, died after collapsing during a basketball game at Quality Education in Winston-Salem. We will provide you with information as it comes available about funeral arrangements.

Tomorrow we will have Meeting for Worship in the morning, and we will have counselors on site for students, staff and faculty. We know that you join us in conveying the deepest sorrow and most sincere condolences of the New Garden Friends School community to Josh’s parents and family.”

Twitter hash tag #RIPJoshLevel has been trending since the tragic incident as students, friends and family mourn the death of the young man.

Level, a junior, had been recruited by the likes of Oklahoma State, N.C. State and Wake Forest and played AAU for Team Loaded.

Level transferred to NWFS in December, leaving Christ School with sophomore averages of 9.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He was described as a top shelf athlete who played with a great deal of effort.

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