Eboniey Jeter was a college basketball star with a promising future, but that has been cut short after the 21-year-old was found dead in her University of North Texas dorm room.
Jeter was found on Tuesday in her room in Mozart Square Hall, and while her cause of death has not been announced, a university spokeswoman said foul play was not suspected.
Eboniey Jeter was a rising star on the North Texas Mean Green. The red-shirt sophomore shot a team-high 45.5 percent from the field this year, making 71 of her 156 shots. She also had two double-doubles this year.
Teammates and coaches at North Texas have mourned Jeter’s passing, with the school’s athletic director saying the school “wont’ be the same” after her death.
“She was a great young lady and a tremendous competitor, but most of all she was a trusted teammate on the women’s basketball team and a respected member of the Mean Green family,” said UNT Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal in a statement. “As we deal with this loss, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Eboniey’s family, relatives and friends. North Texas won’t be the same without her as we have lost a friend and loved one.”
Many players from the men’s and women’s basketball teams at North Texas also shared their thoughts on Twitter.
“I love you so much Je RIP #5,” UNT guard Candice Adams wrote.
“We will all miss you, Rest In Paradise. #FlyHigh5,” wrote Todd Eaglin, a member of the UNT men’s team.
The University of North Texas planned to light up the McConnell Tower on campus in memory of Eboniey Jeter.
Our hearts are with the Jeter family and the ladies of the @MeanGreenWBB tonight as they remember Eboniey. Come light the tower with us @ 9.
— Talons of UNT (@Talons23) May 5, 2015
Jeter’s death comes months after another college basketball tragedy. In January, California University of Pennsylvania player Shanice Clark was also found unresponsive in her dorm room and rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead. A medical examination determined that the 6-foot player choked on gum in her sleep.
Eboniey Jeter was well-known before coming to the University of North Texas. At Harker Heights High School in Killeen, Texas, she earned All-State honors from the Texas Girls Coaches Association in her senior year and All-District honors in her sophomore and junior seasons.
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