Greensboro teen dies after collapsing during basketball game

photoGREENSBORO, N.C. — A promising high school basketball player from Greensboro died Tuesday night after he collapsed during a game.

Josh Level, 17, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after he collapsed during a game at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem.

Level was a junior at New Garden Friends School in Greensboro.

David Tomlin, Head of New Garden Friends School, and Darrell Cotton, Head of the Upper School, confirmed the news to FOX8.

New Garden Friends was open Wednesday for students, faculty and staff to gather as a community.  Counselors were on site for support.

The Level family tells FOX8 a medical examiner found nothing unusual during a preliminary autopsy that would indicate a reason for the collapse.

No other details about the incident were immediately available.

Tomlin, the head of New Garden Friends, issued the following 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.”

phsdsotoBy early Wednesday morning, the hashtag “RIPJoshLevel” was trending on Twitter.  Classmates, basketball players and others took to the social media website to spread their condolences and disbelief of the tragedy.

GreensboroSports.com described Level as “an outstanding” basketball player.

On ESPN.com’s college recruiting page, Level is described as “a good athlete who plays with a tremendous amount of effort.”

Level’s family says universities such as UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Cleveland State, VCU, and Virginia Tech were all on the list of potential recruiters.

The website BallisLife.com compiled a video of some of Level’s highlights from his high school career.

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