Milo Meeks: Brandon High basketball player dies after collapsing during conditioning drills

No indication player was sick, had health issues

BRANDON, Fla. - Coaches, teammates and faculty at Brandon High School outside of Tampa are mourning the death of a basketball player.

Milo Meeks, 18, collapsed following conditioning drills Friday afternoon and died at Brandon Regional Hospital the next day.

"Milo had a dream and his dream was to be an athlete," said Principal Carl Green.

Coach Jamie Turner told ABC Action News the drills consisted of running and lasted 30 minutes.

"He started to lose his balance a little bit," explained Turner.  "One of my athletes grabbed him, set him on the ground."

Turner called 911 and then Meeks' mother.  All the while, Turner stayed by the player's side.  Turner said he was even praying at Meeks' bedside when he died Saturday afternoon.

"It is tough.  It is very tough.  We lost a very good player.  We lost a family member to our team," Turner said while choking back tears.

Meeks recently transferred to Brandon High School from Armwood High School in Seffner.  Still, the senior was slated to be a starter this season.

"Milo Meeks is big, strong kid. Big athlete, healthy kid," Turner explained.

At 6-foot 2 inches and weighing 170 pounds, Meeks played power forward.   Green said there was no indication he was sick or had health issues.

Green explained that it is mandatory for anyone who wants to play sports to pass a physical first.  Meeks passed a physical, according to Green.

"We get that information.  Then, we take it as though this is a check to say this kid is active and can be actively involved in whatever sport that kid wants to be in," Green explained.

"Milo Meeks is an athlete that gives 110 percent.  He didn't show any weaknesses.  This was a normal kid that day.  It was a normal Friday afternoon," Turner added.

Off the court, Milo enjoyed music.  Green described him as a great student who made quite an impression on teachers in his short time at the school.

Meeks loved basketball so much, he spent all his spare time on the court.  Coaches said he wasn't even on any social media because basketball dominated all of his free time.

As of Sunday, a cause of death was not yet known. 

Grief counselors will be at both high schools Monday.

This is the second time in less than a year grief counselors will be at the school.  Last November, the athletic department suffered the loss of head cheerleading coach Heather Bates Hall.

The 28-year-old lost her battle with cancer.


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