A Brandon High School basketball player died over the weekend after he collapsed during practice, school administrators said.
Coach Jamie Turner said Milo Meeks, 17, had just finished conditioning drills Friday when he wasn't feeling well and asked to go to the bathroom. Turner said Meeks was in front of the water fountain being assisted by another player when he collapsed.
"I came from the gym, ran into the cafeteria where I saw Milo Meeks laying on the floor," said Turner.
The teenager was rushed to the hospital, where he died Saturday surrounded by family, friends and his coach. It's unclear what caused his death.
"Milo Meeks is a big, strong kid, big athlete, healthy kid," Turner said. "Milo Meeks was conditioning with the team, didn't show any signs. Milo Meeks was himself. Milo Meeks is an athlete that would give 110 percent, didn't show any weaknesses. This was a normal kid that day. It was a normal Friday afternoon."
Meeks had transferred from Armwood High School in Seffner prior to this year. He was a potential starter on the basketball team and had passed a mandatory physical.
"Milo had a dream and his dream was to be an athlete like he was and he gave 100 percent all the time, and I would just encourage my students to do the same thing," Brandon High School Principal Carl Green said.
"We're just going to stay by each other's side and then pray for the family," Turner said. "It's tough. Very tough. We lost a very good player. We lost a family member to our team."
A Hillsborough County schools spokesperson said grief counselors will be at both schools.
FOX 13's April Kellogg has more on this story this morning on Good Day Tampa Bay.
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