Brandon basketball player dies during workout

Brandon basketball player dies during workout

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BRANDON FL (WFLA) -

A Brandon High School senior has died after collapsing on Friday during a pre-season workout.

Milo Meeks, 18, transferred to Brandon this year after playing basketball for three years at Armwood High School in Seffner.  Brandon High head boys basketball coach, Jamie Turner, says he was a standout player.  "Milo Meeks is a big strong kid."  Said Turner.  "Big athlete. Healthy kid. Milo Meeks was conditioning with the team, didn't show any signs. Milo Meeks was himself. Milo Meeks is an athlete that likes to give 110%. Didn't show any weaknesses. He was just a normal kid that day, just a normal Friday afternoon."

Meeks and the team were conditioning on Friday.  After the workout, he and another player walked to the bathroom and then to the drinking fountain, where he collapsed.  Coach Turner called 911 and paramedics rushed Meeks to Brandon Regional Hospital.  He died on Saturday morning.

Coach Turner says Meeks' teammates are trying to understand what happened.  "We kind of have a family atmosphere over here at Brandon High School, with our boys basketball team. They're devastated right now. But my job right now is to make sure I stand by the side, be there for them, so we can get through this matter. "

Brandon Principal Carl Green says the school's thoughts and prayers are with Milo's family.  "I just pray for the family."  Said Green.  "Pray for the family and pray for the community that we have here at Brandon High School. That we can stay strong for the family and hopefully they feel all the support that we have to offer them. "

Doctors have not said if they know what caused Meeks' untimely death.  Grief counselors will be at the school on Monday morning to comfort Meeks' friends, fellow students and teammates.

Stay with us for updates on this story.

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