SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Lobo Nation is suffering the loss of J.B. White Saturday evening. After wrapping up a successful high school career, White was about to begin his career as a UNM Lobo.
Members of the New Mexico basketball community are shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of J.B. White, who was getting ready to start the college leg of his basketball journey as a Lobo. The talented 6’8″ forward was a rtising star in the basketball world, listed as a Top-100 prospect by Rivals.com. White led Santa Fe to the Class 5A quarterfinals during the 2019-2020 season. He averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Former Lobo basketball players took to social media to express condolences and remember White. UNM got a good look at how talented White was in Lobo Camp. Former Lobo Assistant Coach Jerome Robinson helped the Lobos get a commitment form White and says the news of his death is devastating. “I’m so heartbroken, I’m feeling it for obviously, his family and Lobo Nation because they had a jewel on their hands. He was going to be a special player,” Robinson said.
Teams that faced him remember a highly-competitive player. “I guess heartfelt for his family, for the community of Santa Fe, Coach Cole, and all his teammates and friends. It’s just a shock. We had anticipated competing against him another year and now that he was going to the Lobos we were all going to support him,” said Dominick Romero, the Manzano Monarchs Head Coach. “He was really tough and guess kind of a fierce competitor. What we thought, I mean, he was a tough matchup for a lot of us and they were hard to beat.”
“I kind of was just like in shock. I didn’t want to believe it first. It’s just sad,” said former Manzano Monarchs Guard Roman Romero. News 13 reached out to Santa Fe High School Coach Zack Cole for reaction but have not heard back.