Milo Meeks, as a member of the Armwood High School basketball team. (PHOTO FROM JEFF PAFUNDA)
Tampa, Florida-- Many friends and teammates have been speculating about how an 18-year-old high school basketball player died the day after basketball drills.
Milo Meeks would have been one of Brandon High School's starting forwards this season. His coach, Jamie Turner, said he performed at 110 percent on Friday during a normal 30 minute basketball drill.
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"Milo Meeks was conditioning with the team; he didn't show any signs. Milo Meeks is an athlete that gave his best at every practice and every game," said Coach Turner.
Turner said he was healthy and strong.
Meek's former teammate during the off season, 17-year-old Scott Sollazzo, cannot believe Meeks collapsed and died after practice.
"He was so strong; he was so tough; he was so good at basketball and he was my good friend," said Sollazzo. "I am going to miss him; we all are. I just don't know what could have caused it."
Sollazzo said Meeks never even got tired on the court.
"I remember one scrimmage where I was guarding him and I said 'Milo calm down, we still have 20 minutes left of practice and I am tired', and he said 'come on, keep going; don't stop.'"
The Bayfront Medical Center's Sports Medicine Director, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez said he does not know how Meeks' collapsed; however when these perfectly healthy high school athletes collapse, it tends to be from a sudden heart attack.
"Even though the American Heart Association's six point physical, that all athletes are supposed to take before they start with a high school team that year, even if they pass all six parts, that still leaves a 40 percent chance that athlete could have an episode," said Dr. Rodriguez.
He said one in 200,000 athletes will suffer a sudden heart attack in their career.
Both Brandon High School and Armwood High School, where Meeks played for his first three years on junior varsity and varsity, held a moment of silence in honor of Meeks Monday, and will have grief counselors available this week.