Tragic news in the world of high school basketball on Saturday.
J.B. White, a New Mexico commit, was shot and killed on Saturday morning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a report by ESPN, the consensus top-100 recruit in the class of 2021 was killed in a residential shooting around 3:30 a.m. local time.
“[White] was the victim of the shooting,” sheriff’s office spokesman Juan Rios told ESPN. “He passed away as a result of his injuries at the residence.”
Rios told ESPN that investigators are seeking information about the shooting and ask anyone with information on the incident to contact them.
“It’s a very active investigation,” Rios said.
After the tragic news went public, the New Mexico basketball program released an announcement on its Twitter page, writing that the team was “deeply saddened” by White’s death.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of JB White,” the release said. “He was an extremely talented student-athlete and we were looking forward to him joining the Lobo Family. He was an amazing young man with a bright future, our thoughts and hearts go out to his family & friends.”
White, a 6-foot-8 forward, was ranked No. 59 in the 247Sports player rankings and held offers from Marquette, San Diego State, Santa Clara, and Utah before committing to New Mexico back in October.
The four-star prospect previously planned to reclassify and enroll at New Mexico this season.