Kentucky Wildcats Basketball And Baseball Player’s Life Being Remembered, Honored Following His Passing
The University of Kentucky baseball and basketball teams, a family, a community, along with so many more people, are mourning the loss of a son, a brother, a teammate, a student-athlete, and a loved one.
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According to the University of Kentucky Athletics: “Ben Jordan, who was a member of both the Kentucky baseball and basketball teams during the 2019-20 season, died on Monday. He was 22 years old.”
The two-sport athlete is being remembered and honored by his coaches and athletic director per Kentucky Athletics:
“We are devastated to learn of Ben Jordan’s tragic passing last night. There are no words to express the shock and heartache our team is feeling with the loss of Ben. He was an absolute joy to coach and be around. His coaches, teammates and brothers loved him dearly. His smile, his sense of humor and love for this university will never be forgotten. He will be missed beyond measure. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s family and we will support them in any way we can during this extremely difficult time. We are all hurting and will find a way carry Ben’s legacy forward and keep him in our heart always.”Nick Mingione, University of Kentucky Head Baseball Coach
“Our hearts are broken today. We learned early this morning that we have lost Ben Jordan. It is difficult for me to express and to put into words what a tragedy it is to lose a young person too early. Ben impacted our team last season in so many ways with his kind heart, his big smile and his wonderful personality. He cared so deeply about this place and it meant so much to him to be a part of this team. We are grieving today over the loss of a teammate and a brother, but Ben will not be forgotten. We ask that everyone keep Ben and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this time as we try to find a way forward. Ben, may you rest in peace.”John Calipari, University of Kentucky Head Basketball Coach
Kentucky’s Director of Athletics: “(Jordan) had a servant’s heart and answered the call whenever asked, including putting his promising baseball career on hold to help the basketball team when it needed him”:
“It is with profound grief that we learn of the loss of Ben Jordan. Ben loved and cherished being a Wildcat. He had a servant’s heart and answered the call whenever asked, including putting his promising baseball career on hold to help the basketball team when it needed him. I remember meeting Ben on his official visit to our campus and being so impressed with his passion for this state and the University of Kentucky. He will be missed immensely. Our prayers and condolences are with Ben’s family and friends.”Mitch Barnhart, University of Kentucky Director of Athletics
Jordan’s baseball bio (per Kentucky Athletics):
• First-Team All-Cal Ripken Collegiate League (2019)
• Cal Ripken Collegiate League All-Star (2019)
• Southeast Collegiate Prospect Showcase (2019)
• No. 1 prospect in Cal Ripken Collegiate League (Perfect Game, 2019)
• No. 99 MLB Draft prospect (Perfect Game, 2019)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll (2019, 2020)
• SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2018)
Jordan was a redshirt sophomore pitcher.
Here’s some more stats listed on Kentucky Athletics’ site: Jordan in 2019 “Returned to action after redshirting the 2018 season while recuperating from injury…Appeared in 10 games…Logged 8.2 innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out eight…Made his collegiate debut on Feb. 17 at Austin Peay…Threw a career-high 56 pitches vs. Tennessee on Apr. 19…Pitched a scoreless inning vs. No. 2 Vanderbilt to close the season”.
Jordan’s basketball bio (per Kentucky Athletics):
College: “Dean’s list spring 2020 …Two-sport athlete who is also a right-handed pitcher on the UK baseball team … Tasked with guarding Nick Richards in practice every day and helped with the big man’s national emergence … Made two appearances in his first season on the team … Attempted his first shot in his debut vs. Eastern Kentucky”Kentucky Athletics Basketball Bio of Jordan
High School: “A highly-productive player out of West Carter High School … Concluded his career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker … Also finished eighth in school history in career points … Won the Eastern Kentucky Conference Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season … Also added EKC First Team honors … All-Area player in baseball and basketball during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons … Averaged 12.2 rebounds per game his senior season”.Kentucky Athletics Basketball Bio of Jordan
Per the AP, Jordan joined the basketball team “because of a shortage of players for practice”.
Per Kentucky Athletics: Jordan’s “Full name is Benjamin Ray Jordan….Born in Ashland, Ky. … Son of Kevin and Stephanie…Has three younger sisters, Abby, Kara and Jenna…Father also attended Kentucky…Has worn no. 3 his entire life…Major is Biology.”
Jordan is being remembered and his family and friends are being prayed for by so many people:
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