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A College Basketball Player Died After A Pickup Game

NCAA basketballs sitting in a ball rack on the court.

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

A college basketball player passed away earlier this week. According to a report from the Associated Press, a basketball player at Bluefield State College collapsed following a pickup game.

Officials say the player had just finished a pickup game when he was packing up his things. The player then collapsed and was taken to the hospital where he passed away.

Bluefield State College Athletic Director John Lewis announced the player was 24-year-old Timeyin Amatosero-Keke. He was a Nigerian native.

Here's more from the report:

Lewis says an athletic trainer told him Amatosero-Keke, of Lagos, Nigeria, was packing up to leave a pickup game session at a high school when he collapsed.

Lewis says Amatosero-Keke was taken to a hospital and died. His cause of death is unclear.

Amatosero-Keke was a transfer student in his second year at Bluefield State. The college's president announced a vigil was to be held Tuesday night.

Our thoughts are with his family and the Bluefield State community.

[AP]