With heavy hearts we convey this news. Kentucky baseball player Ben Jordan, who also played for the basketball team last season, passed away at the age of 22. Zak Clem, sports editor for Ashland’s Daily Independent, shared the news on Twitter this morning.
Sad to report the death of former West Carter athlete star Ben Jordan. Jordan was 22.
He used to play baseball in Kentucky and was also on the Wildcats Basketball Team roster in 2019-20.
– Zack clamp (zklemmeADI) January 12, 2021
During his season as a career, Jordan made two appearances, taking only one shot against Eastern Kentucky. During the summer, he decided to return to baseball on a sabbatical basis. He was a right-handed cat archer and played both sports at West Carter High School in Olive Hill, Kentucky, where he was the best-ever team player and blocker and eighth in the school’s history in career points. As a senior, he won the Best Defensive Player award at this year’s Eastern Kentucky Conference and added an EKC first-team honor during its first season.
“Like many others in Kentucky, basketball has been a part of my life since I was just a kid,” Jordan said in a statement after joining the basketball team last fall. “When I had the opportunity to join the UK basketball team, I wanted to get into that with an open mind, especially since I moved away from the sport to focus on baseball. After two days of training, it is clear to me that this is something I want to stick with.
Baseball has been and will remain my top priority, but I am excited about the opportunity and challenge of competing in two sports that I love to play. I spoke to Coach (Nick) Mingyun about it and we did so with his full blessing. I look forward to helping with practice and being a great teammate this season. “.
John Calipari said at the time, “Ben really appreciate our team’s help and agree to be a part of this.” “He has great behavior and a manner that matches well with this team. The guys have really embraced him like one of us. I think he would be a great addition to this team.”
As a baseball player, Jordan was a player in Under Armor All-American in 2016, Rawlings-Perfect Game Second Team All-American in 2017, and was considered the 97th player overall in baseball and the 33rd right-hand shooter in the 2017 category. After falling short of entering his first year in Kentucky, Jordan returned to the field in 2019, appearing in 10 matches and providing 8.2 full runs, allowing for eight strikes and seven runs while he achieved eight.
Our hearts are with his family and friends in this difficult time.