Ben Jordan, Kentucky Basketball & Baseball Player, Dead at 22

by Matthew Wilson
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A Kentucky basketball and baseball player is dead at only 22. The University of Kentucky mourns the passing of athlete Ben Jordan, who passed on Tuesday (Jan. 12)

Jordan played both basketball and baseball for the Wildcats. The details of what caused his death hasn’t been revealed yet. But Jordan’s death has sent his teammates and coaches reeling. The athlete got his collegiate start during the 2019 season. For baseball, he appeared in 10 games and struck out eight men during that year.

Last year, Jordan walked on the school’s basketball team, appearing twice during the 2019-20 season. Jordan was a native of Olive Hill, Kentucky, and also attended West Carter High School. Jordan was the No. 3 prospect in Kentucky for baseball.

Ben Jordan’s Coaches Remember Him

After his passing, Jordan’s coaches remembered the young athlete. They described him as full of life and passion, mourning the loss.

“We are devastated to learn of Ben Jordan’s tragic passing last night,” Nick Mingione, University of Kentucky’s Head Baseball Coach, told Lex 18. “There are no words to express the shock and heartache our team is feeling with the loss of Ben.”

“He was an absolute joy to coach and be around. His coaches, teammates, and brothers loved him dearly,” Mingione said. “His smile, sense of humor, and love for this university will never be forgotten. He will be missed beyond measure. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s family and we will support them in any way we can during this extremely difficult time. We are all hurting and will find a way carry Ben’s legacy forward and keep him in our heart always.”

Mitch Barnhart, the director of Athletics at the University, also remembered Jordan. The athletic director reflected on all of Jordan’s potential and his role at the college.

“He had a servant’s heart and answered the call whenever asked, including putting his promising baseball career on hold to help the basketball team when it needed him,” said Barnhart. “I remember meeting Ben on his official visit to our campus and being so impressed with his passion for this state and the University of Kentucky. He will be missed immensely. Our prayers and condolences are with Ben’s family and friends.”

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