Highly Recruited 17-Year-Old Basketball Star Dies During Game

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Photo of Josh Level. (credit: Facebook)

Photo of Josh Level. (credit: Facebook)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) — A high school basketball star has died after collapsing during a game.

Josh Level, a 17-year-old junior at New Garden Friends School, was playing against Quality Education Academy when he collapsed on the court during a timeout with three minutes left in the game Tuesday night.

“We called 911 immediately and a nurse gave him artificial respiration,” Simon Johnson, CEO of Quality Education Academy, told the Winston-Salem Journal.

Level was pronounced dead at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The junior had been recruited by programs such as Oklahoma State, NC State and Wake Forest .

Friends and well-wishers took to Twitter following Level’s death.

“Losing a teammate, best-friend, and a classmate is just tragic,” classmate Alec Wnuk wrote.

NC State freshman guard Rodney Purvis also offered his condolences.

“My heart is so heavy for that young kid,” Purvis tweeted. “This is a huge eye opener for me personally. Put issues aside and enjoy the game.”

New Garden Friends School was open Wednesday as counselors were being made available to students.

“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,” David Tomlin, head of the school, said in a statement to WGHP-TV.

No cause of death has yet to be given.

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