Former UCLA Bruins standout big man Jalen Hill has passed away at age 22, as earlier reported by Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.
Hill was initially reported missing in Costa Rica. No details were provided regarding the cause of his death.
“Our hearts are shattered and completely broken to inform family and friends that our beloved son, Jalen, has passed away,” George Hill, Jalen’s father, wrote on Instagram. “Jalen went missing while in Costa Rica and we have recently learned of his passing. We realize that many will have questions, but we are unable to share any details at this time. We know Jalen has played a part in the live os so many people. We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve.”
A four-star recruit, Jalen redshirted and has entered the Bruins’ basketball program in 2017-18 season, but was sidelined on his freshmen year to follow the suspension handed by the NCAA authority with regards to his shoplifting scandal with both Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball in China.
In the 2019-2020 campaign, Hill posted solid performances under the leadership of Mick Cronin. Providing much needed presence under the glass, he averaged 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
Hill unexpectedly announced his retirement in 2021, citing anxiety and depression.