We pass on this news with heavy hearts. Kentucky baseball player Ben Jordan, who also played for the basketball team last season, has died at the age of 22. Zack Clem, sports editor of The Daily Independent in Ashland, shared the news on Twitter this morning.
It is sad to announce that former West Carter star with two sports Ben Jordan has died. Jordan was 22 years old.
He played baseball in Kentucky and was also on the Wildcats basketball roster in 2019-20.
– Zack Klemme (@zklemmeADI) January 12, 2021
During his season as a walk, Jordan appeared in two games, making just one shot against Eastern Kentucky. In the summer, he decided to return to full-time baseball. He was a right pitcher for cats and played both sports at West Carter High School in Olive Hill, Kentucky, where he was the leading team player and blocking shot for all time and eighth in school history by career points. As a senior, he won the Defender of the Year at the Eastern Kentucky Conference and added honors from the EKC first team during his senior season.
“Like many others in Kentucky, basketball has been a part of my life since I was a child,” Jordan said in a statement after joining the basketball team last fall. “When the opportunity arose to join the British basketball team, I wanted to join it with an open mind, especially after I retired from the sport to focus on baseball. After a few days of practice, it is clear to me that this is something I want to commit to.
“Baseball was and will remain my top priority, but I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge to compete in two sports that I love to play. I talked to coach (Nick) Mingione about this and we did it with his full blessing. I look forward to helping out in practice and being a great teammate this season. “
“I really appreciate Ben helping my team and I agree to be a part of that,” John Calipari said at the time. “He has great behavior and a way of himself that really fits in well with this team. The boys have already accepted him as one of ours. I think he will be a great addition to this team. “
As a baseball player, Jordan was Under-Armor All-American in 2016, Rawlings-Perfect Game Second Team All-American in 2017, and was considered No. 97 as a general baseball prospect and No. 33 with a right pitcher in class of 2017. After his red first year in Kentucky, Jordan returned to the field in 2019, where he appeared in 10 games and made 8.2 total innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs until he crossed out eight.
Our hearts go out to his family and friends in this devastating time.
UPDATE: Britain confirmed the news.
Today our hearts are broken. Don’t worry, @ ben3jordan. You will always be a part of us. ? pic.twitter.com/n94brIHb1B
– Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) January 12, 2021